Aaron P. Blaisdell

Aaron P. Blaisdell

Los Angeles

UCLA Department of Psychology & UCLA Brain Research Institute




Published on Sep 21, 2016

Results of Experiment 3: Is consistency the key?

I know it’s been a while since my previous lab note, but it’s been a busy summer of conference travel, teaching, and research. But the academic term is starting up again, and amidst preparing for ...

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Published on May 25, 2016

Results are in!

I know it’s been quite a while since you heard from me, but that’s because Julia and I (and our pigeons) have been very busy for the past 7 months going through behavioral training and testing for ...

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Published on Nov 30, 2015

Meet the flock!

I know it's been a while since you've heard from us. The Fall quarter was a very busy time. I'm just about finished with teaching two courses (an upper division course on Comparative Psychobiology,...

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Published on Aug 31, 2015

Why pigeons?

This morning, I took this photo of a flock of lovely wild pigeons foraging on grain. This reminded me of a question someone asked me recently. Question: "Can we expect the visual pr...

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Published on Aug 26, 2015

A mini lab tour

Hey there! We're excited that the campaign has been going well. I thought it was time to provide a bit more info on the lab itself. This is just a brief post that will be part 1. More parts will fo...

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Published on Aug 22, 2015

A movie to show our procedure.

Object-Place Learning in Birds from Aaron BlaisdellHi!I created this movie to explain our methods, and walk you through the procedure. In the movie, I explain how the various behavioral tests we...

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Published on Aug 13, 2015

We've found our pigeons!

We thought about catching our pigeons from the wild (or the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, where pigeons are almost as abundant as people!). But, we wouldn't know the age and health status o...

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Hi Elizabeth. I looked at your website, and you are providing an excellent service for placing pigeons into aviaries! If we ever need to find a home for our pigeons when they retire, I'll be sure to contact you. We have found homes locally for some of our pigeons in the past, but it can be diffic...more
Actually, there's a small house light that provides soft illumination inside the box. The pigeons don't work as well if it's too dark inside the box.
Reply to:Cindy WuCindy Wu
yes, pigeons make excellent research subjects for behavioral experiments! Thanks for supporting our research!