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David C. Riccio Lab

David Riccio at deskDepartment of Psychology
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio 44242-0001

Phone: (330) 672-2365 (O)
(330) 672-2166 (D)
Fax: (330) 672-3786

Research Interests:
Research focuses on learning and memory processes in animals. Areas of particular interest include behavioral aspects of anterograde and retrograde amnesias, ontogenetic changes in memory, memory for stimulus attributes, and extinction of fear. 

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PhD in Psychology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1962

BA in Psychology, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, 1959


Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Fellow, American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 3 and 6)

Fellow, American Psychological Society

President, Behavioral Neuroscience & Comparative Psychology (Division 6), APA

President, Midwestern Psychological Association (1993-94)


U.S. Navy, 1962 – 1965

Kent State University – Assistant Professor, 1965-1968; Associate Professor, 1968-1972; Professor, 1972-

Professional Organizations:
American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Psychological Association

American Psychological Society

Eastern Psychological Association

Midwestern Psychological Association

New York Academy of Science

Psychonomic Society

Sigma Xi

Selected Recent Publications:

Briggs, J.F., Fitz, K.I., and Riccio, D.C. (2007).  Transfer of memory retrieval cues in rats.  Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14, 495-499.

Briggs, J.F., and Riccio, D.C. (2007).  Retrograde amnesia for extinction:  Similarities with amnesia for original acquisition memories.  Learning and Behavior, 35, 131-140.

Briggs, J.F. and Riccio, D.C. (2008).  Transfer of old "reactivated" memory retrieval cues in rats.  Learning and Motivation, 39, 13-23.

Briggs, J.F. and Riccio, D.C. (2008).  Fate of the original retrieval cues following the transfer of memory in rats.  The Open Psychology Journal, 1, 51-54.

Briggs, J.F. and Riccio D.C. (2009).  Transfer of Extinction Retrieval Cues Attenuates the Renewal Effect in Rats.  The Open Psychology Journal, 2, 71-76.

Feinberg, G., & Riccio, D. C. (1990). Changes in memory for stimulus attributes: Implications for tests of morphine tolerance. Psychological Science, 1, 265–267.

Flint, R.W., Bunsey, M.D., and Riccio, D.C. (2007).  Epinephrine-induced enhancement of memory retrieval for inhibitory avoidance conditioning in preweanling Sprague-Dawley rats.  Developmental Psychobiology, 49, 303-311.

Hanson, G. R., Bunsey, M. D., & Riccio, D. C. (2002). The effects of pretraining and reminder treatments on retrograde amnesia in rats: Comparison of lesions to the fornix or perirhinal and entorhinal cortices. Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, 78, 365–378.

Harrod, S. B., Metzger, M. M., & Riccio, D. C. (1996). Does induced recovery from amnesia represent a disinhibition effect? Physiology and Behavior, 60, 1375–1378.

Kobayashi, I., Sledjeski, E.M., Fallon, W.F. Jr., Spoonster, E., Riccio, D., and Delahanty, D.L. (in press).  Effects of early albuterol (salbutamol) administration on the development of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms.  Psychiatry Research.

MacArdy, E., & Riccio, D. C. (1991). Increased generalization between drug related interoceptive-stimuli with delayed testing. Behavioral and Neural Biology, 56, 213–219.

Meehan, S. and Riccio, D.C. (2008).  Memory phenomena and CTA.  In:  Schachtman, T. and Reilly, S. Conditioned Taste Aversion:  Behavioral and Neural Processes.  Oxford University Press.

Metzger, M.M. and Riccio, D.C. (2009).  The forgetting of stimulus attributes in latent inhibition.  Physiology and Behavior, 96, 194-198.

Millin, P. M., Moody, E. W., & Riccio, D. C. (2001). Interpretations of retrograde amnesia: Old problems redux. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 2, 68–70.

Millin, P.M. and Riccio, D.C. (2004).  Is the context shift effect a case of retrieval failure?  The effects of retrieval enhancing treatments on forgetting under altered Stimulus conditions in rats.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Animal Behavior Processes, 30, 325-334.

Morgan, R. E., & Riccio, D. C. (1994). Extinction of an amnesic memory in rats: Evidence for the malleability of "inaccessible" information. Learning and Motivation, 25, 431.

Riccio, D. C., Ackil, J. K., & Burch-Vernon, A. (1992). Forgetting of stimulus attributes: Methodological implications for assessing associative phenomena. Psychological Bulletin, 112, 433–445.

Riccio, D.C. and Joynes, R.L. (2007).  Forgetting of stimulus attributes:  Some implications for hippocampal models of memory.  Learning of Memory, 14, 430.432.

Riccio, D. C., MacArdy, E. A., & Kissinger, S. C. (1991). Associative processes in adaptation to repeated cold exposure in rats. Behavioral Neuroscience, 105, 599–602.

Riccio, D.C., Millin, P.M., and Bogart, A.R. (2006).  Reconsolidation:  A brief history, a retrieval view, and some recent issues.  Learning and Memory, 13, 536-544.

Riccio, D. C., Millin, P. M., & Gisquet-Verrier, P. (2003). Retrograde amnesia: Forgetting back. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 12, 41–44.

Riccio, D. C., Rabinowitz, V., & Axelrod, S. (1994). Memory: When less is more. American Psychologist, 49, 917–926.

Spear, N. E., & Riccio, D. C. (1994). Memory:  Phenomena and Principles. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Zhou, Y. L. & Riccio, D. C. (1994). Pretest cuing can alleviate the forgetting of contextual stimulus attributes. Learning and Motivation, 12, 233–244.