David C. Riccio Lab

Department of PsychologyDavid C. Riccio Lab
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. 
View the listing of previous doctoral students from the Riccio lab.


  • 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.
  • 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 Univeristy Press.
  • Metzger, M.M. and Riccio, D.C. (2009). The forgetting of stimulus attributes in latent inhibition. Physiology and Behavior, 96, 194-198.
  • Caldwell, E. E., and Riccio, D. C. (2010). Alcohol self-administration in rats: Modulation by temporal parameters related to repeated mild social defeat stress. Alcohol, 44, 265-274.
  • Jasnow, A. M., Cullen, P. K., and Riccio, D. C. (2012). Remembering another aspect of forgetting. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, 1-8. (Invited paper).
  • Gisquet-Verrier, P., & Riccio, D.C. (2012). Memory reactivation effects independent of reconsolidation. Learning and Memory,19, 401-409.
  • Lynch, J. F., Cullen, P. K., Jasnow, A. M., and Riccio, D. C. (2013). Sex differences in the forgetting of stimulus attributes. Learning and Memory, 20, 628-632.
  • Fava, D. A., & Riccio, D. C. (2014). Mild hypothermia can disrupt extinction learning but not original conditioning. Physiology & Behavior, 125, 54-56.
  • Cullen, P. K., Dulka, B. N., Ortiz, S., Riccio, D. C., & Jasnow, A. M. (2014). GABA-mediated presynaptic inhibition is required for precision of long-term memory. Learning & Memory, 21(4), 180-184.
  • Gisquet-Verrier, P., Lynch, J. F., Cutolo, P., Toledano, D., Ulmen, A., Jasnow, A., & Riccio, D. C. (in press). Integration of new information with active memory accounts for retrograde amnesia: A challenge to the consolidation/reconsolidation hypothesis? The Journal of Neuroscience.