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Aaron P. Blaisdell

Aaron P. Blaisdell

Los Angeles

UCLA Department of Psychology & UCLA Brain Research Institute

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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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I just taught a freshman seminar on dog cognition at UCLA, and one of the topics that students were most curious about was whether different breeds of dog had different personalities or cognitive traits. We could not find much literature on the topic, so your campaign came at an opportune time to make some progress!
Dec 11, 2015
Capturing canine personality
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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 difficult since they are not what most folks have in mind for a pet. Nevertheless, in a city as large as LA, there are quite a few pigeon fanciers with aviaries.
Dec 09, 2015
How do birds see the world?
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Thanks, everyone, for backing our campaign! Because of your generous donations, we've met our goal 9 days before the deadline! Now Julia and I can prepare to purchase our pigeons and start testing how their brains construct visual objects! We'll continue to post updates about the birds and our data as we collect them.
Sep 03, 2015
How do birds see the world?
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Thanks! Now my graduate student can breath a sigh of relief that she'll have subjects for her dissertation research.
Sep 03, 2015
How do birds see the world?
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Thanks Corinne! We're so excited to get started on the research!
Sep 03, 2015
How do birds see the world?
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Wow, thanks Jon! You helped us reach our funding goal! I'll keep everyone here updated as the project ensues. Hope all is well with you and your family!
Sep 02, 2015
How do birds see the world?
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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.
Aug 27, 2015
How do birds see the world?
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yes, pigeons make excellent research subjects for behavioral experiments! Thanks for supporting our research!
Aug 20, 2015
How do birds see the world?
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What do you find most fascinating about pigeons, or birds in general?
Aug 13, 2015
How do birds see the world?
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