Aaron Paul Blaisdell

Professor, Psychology, University of California Los Angeles


Education and Training

Binghamton UniversityPhD06/1999Behavioral Neuroscience
Kent State UniversityMA06/1996Anthropology
SUNY Stony BrookBA06/1991Anthropology


  1. González VV, Ashikyan SA, Zhang Y, Rickard A, Yassine I, Romero-Sosa JL, Blaisdell AP, Izquierdo A. A special role for anterior cingulate cortex, but not orbitofrontal cortex or basolateral amygdala, in choices involving information.. bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology, 2023.
  2. McCune K, Blaisdell A, Johnson-Ulrich Z, Sevchik A, Lukas D, MacPherson M, Seitz B, Logan CJ. Using repeatability of performance within and across contexts to validate measures of behavioral flexibility.. PeerJ, 2023.
  3. González VV, Blaisdell AP. Inhibition and paradoxical choice.. Learning & behavior, 2023.
  4. González VV, Sadeghi S, Tran L, Blaisdell AP. The conjunction fallacy in rats.. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 2023.
  5. Flaim M, Guo J, Blaisdell AP. Choice reaction time in pigeons fails to increase as predicted by Hick's law.. Behavioural processes, 2023.
  6. Flaim M, Blaisdell AP. The effect of age on delay performance and associative learning tasks in pigeons.. Learning & behavior, 2023.
  7. Seitz BM, Hoang IB, DiFazio LE, Blaisdell AP, Sharpe MJ. Dopamine errors drive excitatory and inhibitory components of backward conditioning in an outcome-specific manner.. Current biology : CB, 2022.
  8. Blaisdell AP, Schroeder JE. Evidence for object-place binding in pigeons in a sequence-learning procedure.. Learning & behavior, 2022.
  9. González VV, Seitz BM, Formaker R, Blaisdell AP. Elements of a compound elicit little conditioned reinforcement.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal learning and cognition, 2021.
  10. Bouchekioua Y, Kosaki Y, Watanabe S, Blaisdell AP. Higher-Order Conditioning in the Spatial Domain.. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 2021.
  11. Seitz BM, Blaisdell AP, Sharpe MJ. Higher-Order Conditioning and Dopamine: Charting a Path Forward.. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 2021.
  12. González VV, Blaisdell AP. The role of inhibition in the suboptimal choice task.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal learning and cognition, 2021.
  13. Seitz BM, Tomiyama AJ, Blaisdell AP. Eating behavior as a new frontier in memory research.. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews, 2021.
  14. Seitz BM, McCune K, MacPherson M, Bergeron L, Blaisdell AP, Logan CJ. Using touchscreen equipped operant chambers to study animal cognition. Benefits, limitations, and advice.. PloS one, 2021.
  15. Flaim M, Blaisdell AP. The comparative analysis of intelligence.. Psychological bulletin, 2020.
  16. Bouchekioua Y, Blaisdell AP, Kosaki Y, Tsutsui-Kimura I, Craddock P, Mimura M, Watanabe S. Spatial inference without a cognitive map: the role of higher-order path integration.. Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 2020.
  17. Seitz BM, Flaim ME, Blaisdell AP. Evidence that novel flavors unconditionally suppress weight gain in the absence of flavor-calorie associations.. Learning & behavior, 2020.
  18. Blaisdell AP. Mental imagery in animals: Learning, memory, and decision-making in the face of missing information.. Learning & behavior, 2019.
  19. Thomas CJ, Rothschild J, Earnest CP, Blaisdell A. The Effects of Energy Drink Consumption on Cognitive and Physical Performance in Elite League of Legends Players.. Sports (Basel, Switzerland), 2019.
  20. Blaisdell AP. Learning and performance: A tribute to the contributions of Ralph R. Miller.. Behavioural processes, 2018.
  21. Schroeder J, Garlick D, Blaisdell AP. ARENA 2.0: The next generation automated remote environmental navigation apparatus to facilitate cross-species comparisons in behavior and cognition.. Behavior research methods, 2018.
  22. Blaisdell AP, Schroeder JE, Fast CD. Spatial integration during performance in pigeons.. Behavioural processes, 2017.
  23. Kosarussavadi S, Pennington ZT, Covell J, Blaisdell AP, Schlinger BA. Across sex and age: Learning and memory and patterns of avian hippocampal gene expression.. Behavioral neuroscience, 2017.
  24. Shragai T, Ping X, Arakaki C, Garlick D, Blumstein DT, Blaisdell AP. Hermit crab response to a visual threat is sensitive to looming cues.. PeerJ, 2017.
  25. Blaisdell AP, Biedermann T, Sosa E, Abuchaei A, Youssef N, Bradesi S. An obesogenic refined low-fat diet disrupts attentional and behavioral control processes in a vigilance task in rats.. Behavioural processes, 2017.
  26. Garlick D, Fountain SB, Blaisdell AP. Serial pattern learning in pigeons: Rule-based or associative?. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal learning and cognition, 2016.
  27. Fast CD, Biedermann T, Blaisdell AP. Imagine that! Cue-evoked representations guide rat behavior during ambiguous situations.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal learning and cognition, 2016.
  28. Fast CD, Flesher MM, Nocera NA, Fanselow MS, Blaisdell AP. Learning history and cholinergic modulation in the dorsal hippocampus are necessary for rats to infer the status of a hidden event.. Hippocampus, 2016.
  29. Leising KJ, Wong J, Blaisdell AP. Extinction and spontaneous recovery of spatial behavior in pigeons.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal learning and cognition, 2015.
  30. Ping X, Lee JS, Garlick D, Jiang Z, Blaisdell AP. Behavioral evidence illuminating the visual abilities of the terrestrial Caribbean hermit crab Coenobita clypeatus.. Behavioural processes, 2015.
  31. Leising KJ, Wong J, Ruprecht CM, Blaisdell AP. Blocking between landmarks during 2-D (touchscreen) and 3-D (ARENA) search tasks with pigeons.. Learning & behavior, 2014.
  32. Blaisdell AP, Lau YL, Telminova E, Lim HC, Fan B, Fast CD, Garlick D, Pendergrass DC. Food quality and motivation: a refined low-fat diet induces obesity and impairs performance on a progressive ratio schedule of instrumental lever pressing in rats.. Physiology & behavior, 2014.
  33. Bouchekioua Y, Miller HC, Craddock P, Blaisdell AP, Molet M. Spatial integration of boundaries in a 3D virtual environment.. Acta psychologica, 2013.
  34. Blaisdell AP, Pottenger BC, Torday JS. From heart beats to health recipes: The role of fractal physiology in the Ancestral Health movement.. Journal of evolution and health, 2013.
  35. Watanabe NM, Stahlman WD, Blaisdell AP, Garlick D, Fast CD, Blumstein DT. Quantifying personality in the terrestrial hermit crab: different measures, different inferences.. Behavioural processes, 2012.
  36. Waldmann MR, Schmid M, Wong J, Blaisdell AP. Rats distinguish between absence of events and lack of evidence in contingency learning.. Animal cognition, 2012.
  37. Biedermann T, Garlick D, Blaisdell AP. Food choice in the laboratory pigeon.. Behavioural processes, 2012.
  38. Ryan KM, Blumstein DT, Blaisdell AP, Stahlman WD. Stimulus concordance and risk-assessment in hermit crabs (Coenobita clypeatus): implications for attention.. Behavioural processes, 2012.
  39. Leising KJ, Sawa K, Blaisdell AP. Factors that influence negative summation in a spatial-search task with pigeons.. Behavioural processes, 2012.
  40. Cook RG, Katz JS, Blaisdell AP. Temporal properties of visual search in pigeon target localization.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 2012.
  41. Fast CD, Blaisdell AP. Rats are sensitive to ambiguity.. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 2011.
  42. Leising KJ, Garlick D, Blaisdell AP. Overshadowing between landmarks on the touchscreen and in arena with pigeons.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 2011.
  43. Racey D, Young ME, Garlick D, Pham JN, Blaisdell AP. Pigeon and human performance in a multi-armed bandit task in response to changes in variable interval schedules.. Learning & behavior, 2011.
  44. Stahlman WD, Blaisdell AP. The Modulation of Operant Variation by the Probability, Magnitude, and Delay of Reinforcement.. Learning and motivation, 2011.
  45. Stahlman WD, Chan AA, Blumstein DT, Fast CD, Blaisdell AP. Auditory stimulation dishabituates anti-predator escape behavior in hermit crabs (Coenobita clypeatus).. Behavioural processes, 2011.
  46. Garlick D, Gant DJ, Brakel LA, Blaisdell AP. Attributional and relational processing in pigeons.. Frontiers in psychology, 2011.
  47. Fridman GY, Blair HT, Blaisdell AP, Judy JW. Perceived intensity of somatosensory cortical electrical stimulation.. Experimental brain research, 2010.
  48. Stahlman WD, Young ME, Blaisdell AP. Response variability in pigeons in a Pavlovian task.. Learning & behavior, 2010.
  49. Stahlman WD, Roberts S, Blaisdell AP. Effect of reward probability on spatial and temporal variation.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 2010.
  50. Leising KJ, Garlick D, Parenteau M, Blaisdell AP. Behavioral research in pigeons with ARENA: an automated remote environmental navigation apparatus.. Behavioural processes, 2009.
  51. Stahlman WD, Blaisdell AP. Blocking of spatial control by landmarks in rats.. Behavioural processes, 2009.
  52. Leising KJ, Blaisdell AP. Associative Basis of Landmark Learning and Integration in Vertebrates.. Comparative cognition & behavior reviews, 2009.
  53. Leising KJ, Wong J, Waldmann MR, Blaisdell AP. The special status of actions in causal reasoning in rats.. Journal of experimental psychology. General, 2008.
  54. Badelt SW, Blaisdell AP. Capacitive sensors for detecting proximity and response.. Behavior research methods, 2008.
  55. Leising KJ, Sawa K, Blaisdell AP. Temporal integration in Pavlovian appetitive conditioning in rats.. Learning & behavior, 2007.
  56. Nakajima S, Takahashi K, Blaisdell AP. An assessment of context-specificity of the CS-preexposure effect in Pavlovian excitatory and inhibitory conditioning.. Behavioural processes, 2006.
  57. Cook RG, Blaisdell AP. Short-term item memory in successive same-different discriminations.. Behavioural processes, 2006.
  58. Blaisdell AP, Sawa K, Leising KJ, Waldmann MR. Causal reasoning in rats.. Science (New York, N.Y.), 2006.
  59. Roper KL, Chaponis DM, Blaisdell AP. Transfer of directed-forgetting cues across discrimination tasks with pigeons.. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 2005.
  60. Sawa K, Leising KJ, Blaisdell AP. Sensory preconditioning in spatial learning using a touch screen task in pigeons.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 2005.
  61. Cook RG, Levison DG, Gillett SR, Blaisdell AP. Capacity and limits of associative memory in pigeons.. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 2005.
  62. Blaisdell AP, Cook RG. Two-item same-different concept learning in pigeons.. Learning & behavior, 2005.
  63. Denniston JC, Blaisdell AP, Miller RR. Temporal coding in conditioned inhibition: analysis of associative structure of inhibition.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 2004.
  64. Blaisdell AP, Cook RG. Integration of spatial maps in pigeons.. Animal cognition, 2004.
  65. Chang RC, Blaisdell AP, Miller RR. Backward conditioning: mediation by the context.. Journal of experimental psychology. Animal behavior processes, 2003.
  66. Blaisdell AP. The S-R information stream: where's the filter?. Integrative physiological and behavioral science : the official journal of the Pavlovian Society, 2003.