5.30 P.M.

Learning What and How: A Symposium in Honor of Robert A. Rescorla 

Robert Rescorla Symposium - Organized by Juan M. Rosas

One of the most impactful contributors to the empirical and theoretical analysis of associative learning, Bob Rescorla left an unparalleled legacy of elegantly designed experiments addressing fundamental questions and, with Allan Wagner, developed a model of Pavlovian conditioning that continues to inspire and shape research today. In this symposium, we honor our mentor and colleague in a series of talks illustrating implicitly or explicitly Bob’s pervasive and profound influence on what we study and how we go about it.  

Running-based food avoidance learning in mice

Sadahiko Nakajima (Kwansei Gakuin University)

Response-outcome associations get stronger with overtraining on interval and ratio schedules:  On the elusive nature of S-R habits

Andrew R. Delamater (Brooklyn College)

Stimulus learning and its proper control procedures

Ruth M. Colwill (Brown University)

Beyond memory: Using Rescorla’s tools and theories to understand the neurobiology of extinction

K. Matthew Lattal (Oregon Health & Science University)


The role of prediction-error on new learning or the side effects of surprise.

Juan M. Rosas (University of Jaén)