Learning & Adaptive Behavior Laboratory

Department of Psychology

Thesis Projects


James Glass (B.A., 2019).  Demand and Preference for Specific and Generalized Reinforcers in Pigeons: Does Economic Context Matter?

Arek Rein Jungwirth (B.A, 2019).  Microbiome, metabolism, and memory consolidation in the social transmission of food preferences.

Anton Lutsyshyna (B.A., 2019).  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Psychedelic Therapy.

Katelyn Gutowsky (B.A., 2019).  Impact of Social Enrichment on A Valproic Acid Model of Autism Spectrum Disorder.


Katherine Garland (B.A., 2018).  Social Enrichment Effect on Demand and Preference for Certain and Uncertain Rewards.

Rachel Schulingkamp (B.A., 2018).  No New Friends? An Economic Analysis Comparing the Value of Familiar and Unfamiliar Interactions in Rats.  (J. Rork, Co-Chair)

Nicole Kahn (B.A., 2018).  Collicular Hyperstimulation Disrupts Control of Attention and Impulsivity: A Novel Model of ADHD.  (P. Currie, Co-Chair)

Anders Pearson (B.A., 2018).  No Light: A Comparative Study of First-Time and Experienced Float Tank Users.


Jasmine Huang (B.A., 2017).  Pavlovian conditioning without awareness: An electrophysiological investigation.  (M. Pitts, Co-Chair)

Shirin Porkar-Aghdam (B.A., 2017).  Demand and consumption in a generalized token economy with pigeons.

Marc Feinstein (B.A., 2017).  Meditating on impulsivity: An attempt to use mindfulness to influence rate of delay discounting. (C. Franceschini, Co-Chair)

Nicholas Zimmer (B.A., 2017).  How does imitation promote pro-sociality? The effects of contingency and similarity on pro-social behavior using natural and artificial stimuli. (C. Franceschini, Co-Chair)


L.B. Miller (B.A., 2016). The utility of distraction: Alternative response options for pigeons in a self-control paradigm.

Emma Schweitzer (B.A., 2016). The effects of oxytocin in mediating social behavior and the value of social reward in female rats. (S. Renn, Co-Chair)

Lauren Vanderhooft (B.A., 2016). Resource exploitation in a modified public goods foraging game with rats.

Maddy Wagar (B.A., 2016). The role of choice and novelty in social preference and decision-making in rats.


Marisol Lauffer (B.A., 2015). Developing an animal model of the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART).

Cloe Moctezuma (B.A., 2015). Central amygdala endocannabinoid neurotransmission alters emotional memory processes in female rats. (P. Currie, Co-Chair)

Ileana Morales (B.A., 2015). Differential involvement of dopamine and opioid signaling in food preference and effort-related decision-making in rats. (R. Pastor-Medall, Co-Chair)

Brice Ponteri (B.A., 2015). Studying social motivation using the valproic acid animal model of autism in rats.


Lisa Hiura

Lisa Hiura. The free or not to free: The relative reinforcing value of food reward versus social contact in rats.

James Shelstead

James Shelstead. Interspecies behavioral biases and the conceptual components of cross-linguistic syntactic patterns. (E. Canseco-Gonzalez, Co-Chair)

Antonia Scarcello

Antonia Scarcello. Social and emphatic nudges: An evaluation of two intervention strategies to influence handwashing behavior.


Frank Sosa

Frank Sosa: A method for examining the generality of risky choice and loss aversion throughout the animal kingdom.


Daniel Fennelly

Daniel Fennelly: Functional heterogeneity in the dorsal striatum.

Claudia Realegeno

Claudia Realegeno: Better living through chemistry: Modafinil as a pharmacotherapy for neuropsychological recovery from methamphetamine dependence.

Dawiris Eversz

Dawiris Eversz: Sunk cost in pigeons: Investigation of preference for options with higher time investment.

Eric Talbot

Eric Talbot: Group and individual behavior in a social foraging paradigm: Sensitivity to changes in resource ratios.


Brad Blickenstaff

Brad Blickenstaff. Multimodal numerical cognition in pigeons.

Henry Cooney

Henry Cooney. The role of the TRPV1 receptor in endocannabinoid enhancement of emotional memory. (P. Currie, Co-Chair)

Sarah Jacoby

Sarah Jacoby. Ghrelin-induced improved memory performance is dopamine-dependent. (P. Currie, Co-Chair)

Jason Leonard

Jason Leonard. Discovering the key to unlocking tool-use in a non-tool-using species.

Nicholas Jon Kappeyne van de Coppello

Nicholas Jon Kappeyne van de Coppello. Metacognition in rats: Self-awareness during self-report and escape.


Jessica Dennis

Jessica Dennis. Metacognition in rats

Brian Hilbert

Brian Hilbert. Rats' choices in situations of diminishing returns: Effects of motivation and switching costs.

Ruby Larisch

Ruby Larisch. Free Bird: Testing a foraging analogue in the operant laboratory.

Evin Luehrs

Evin Luehrs. Testosterone and estradiol in male cynomolgus monkeys self-administering ethanol.