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Department of

Psychological Sciences

Rachel Blaser

Associate Professor

Rachel Blaser, PhD, has academic interests in how humans and other animals learn. She has additional interests in photography, linguistics, and impressively color-coded data files.

Education

Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa (2006)
M.A., University of Hawaii at Manoa (2003)
B.A., Reed College (B.A. 2001)

Scholarly and Creative Work

Dr. Blaser's research is on comparative learning. She is interested in similarities and differences in learning across species – currently investigating learning and behavior in the zebrafish. She approaches the question of learning from both a theoretical perspective (basic classical conditioning) and biological perspective (pharmacology and genetics).

Teaching Interests

Dr. Blaser teaches courses in comparative psychology, including learning and animal behavior. She directs study of the behavior of a variety of vertebrates and invertebrates. in the lab, and branches out to the zoo, aquarium, parks and beaches to observe animals in their natural and not-so-natural habitats.

If you are interested in getting research experience in the Fish Lab here is a PDF on getting started.