Comparative Perception and Attention Laboratory

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Research interests

​Comparative cognition, behavioral and neurobiological aspects of early visual processes (e.g., figure-ground segregation and perceptual grouping) in humans and non-human animals, relational learning in humans and non-human animals, mathematical modeling of perceptual and cognitive processes

Teaching experience

Psy 1, Introductory Psychology
Psy 10, Research Methods
Psy 12, Writing in Psychology
Psy 24/Bio 25, Animal Behavior
Psy 60, Principles of Behavior
​Psy 126, Comparative Psychology
​Psy 198, Research Seminar


Recent publications

# indicates undergraduate student at Drake University


Paxton Gazes, R., Lazareva, O. F., #Bergene, C. N., & Hampton, R. R. (in press). Effects of spatial training on transitive inference performance in humans and rhesus monkeys.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, …

#Scully, E., Acerbo, M. J, & Lazareva, O. F. (2014). Bilateral lesion of nucleus subpretectalis/interstitio-pretecto-subpretectalis (SP/IPS) selectively impairs figure-ground discrimination in pigeons. Visual Neuroscience, 31, 105-110.

Lazareva, O. F., Young, M. E., & Wasserman, E. A. (2014). A three-component model of relational learning in a transposition paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 40, 63-80.

Acerbo, M. J., Lazareva, O. F., #McInnerney, J., #Leiker, E., Wasserman, E. A., & Poremba, A. (2012). Figure-ground discrimination in avian brain: Nucleus rotundus and its inhibitory complex. Vision Research, 70, 18-26.

Lazareva, O. F. (2012). Relational learning in a context of transposition: A review. Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 97, 231-248.

Lazareva, O. F., & Wasserman, E. A. (2012). Transitive inference in pigeons: Measuring the associative values of Stimuli B and D. Behavioural Processes, 89, 244-255.

Lazareva, O.F., Soto, F., & Wasserman, E. A. (2010). Effect of between-category similarity on basic-level superiority in pigeons. Behavioural Processes, 85, 236-245.

Lazareva, O.F. (2010). On categories, pictures, and the goals of comparative psychology.  Comparative Cognition and Behavior Reviews, 5, 139-142.

Castro, L., Lazareva, O. F., Vecera, S. P., & Wasserman, E. A. (2010). Changes in area affect figure-ground assignment in pigeons. Vision Research, 50, 497-508.

Lazareva, O. F., & Wasserman, E. A. (2010). Nonverbal transitive inference:  Effects of task and awareness on performance. Behavioural Processes, 83, 99-112.

Lazareva, O. F., & Wasserman, E. A. (2009). Effect of stimulus duration and choice response delay on visual categorization in pigeons. Learning & Motivation, 40, 132-146.

​Lazareva, O. F., Miner, M., Young, M. E., & Wasserman, E. A. (2008).  Multiple-pair training increases transposition in pigeons. Learning & Behavior, 36, 174-187.


Selected books and book chapters

Lazareva, O. F., Shimizu, T., & Wasserman, E. A. (2012). How animals see the world: Comparative biology, behavior, and evolution of vision. New York:  Oxford University Press. (edited book containing 27 chapters on vision in primates, birds, spiders, honeybees, and fish).

Lazareva, O.F., & Wasserman, E.A. (2012). Figure-ground assignment and object-based attention in birds. In O. F. Lazareva, T. Shimizu, & E. A. Wasserman  (Eds.), How animals see the world: Comparative biology, behavior, and evolution of vision, p. 63-76. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lazareva, O. F. Transitive inference in non-human animals. (2012). In E. Wasserman, & T. Zentall (Eds.), Handbook of Comparative Cognition, p. 718-735. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lazareva, O. F., & Wasserman, E. A. (2010). Category learning and concept learning in birds. In D. Mareshal, P. Quinn, & S. Lea (Eds.), The making of human concepts, p. 151-172. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lazareva, O. F., & Wasserman, E. A. (2008). Categories and concepts in animals. Learning Theory and Behavior. Vol. [1] of Learning and Memory: A Comprehensive Reference, 4 vols. (J.Byrne Editor), pp. 197-226. Oxford: Elsevier. 


Recent and upcoming conference presentations

# indicates undergraduate student at Drake University


Acerbo, M. J., & Lazareva, O. F. (2014, March). Neurobiological bases of figure-ground segregation in pigeons. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Cold Harbor Spring Laboratory Avian Model Systems, New York, NY.  

Lazareva, O. F. (2014, March). Pigeons are less sensitive to differences in speed of motion than to differences in size. Paper presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

Acerbo, M. J., #Kandray, K., Lazareva, O.F. (2013, March). Bilateral hippocampal lesion impairs transitive responding in pigeons. Paper presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

Lazareva, O. F., Paxton Gazes, R., & Hampton, R. R. (2013, March). Does spatial arrangement of the training stimuli enhance nonverbal transitive inference? Paper presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

#Bergene, C., Paxton Gazes, R., Hampton, R. R., & Lazareva, O. F. (2013, March). Using reinforcement-based models of transitive inference to simulate primate data.  Poster presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

#Moses, H. E., #Scully, E. N., Acerbo, M.J., & Lazareva, O. F. (2013, March). Effect of pharmacological manipulation of nucleus subpretectalis on figure-ground discrimination in pigeons. Poster presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

#Williams, T., & Lazareva, O. F. (2013, March). Implicit relational learning in multiple-object tracking task: Do people really track the objects? Poster presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

Lazareva, O. F., #Kandray, K., Paxton, R., & Hampton, R. R. (2012, October). Do reinforcement-based models of transitive inference accurately describe primate data? Paper presented at the satellite meeting of Comparative Cognition Society at Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.

​Acerbo, M. J., Lazareva, O. F., #McInnerney, J., #Leiker, E., Poremba, A., & Wasserman, E. A. (2012, October). Metabolic activity of nucleus rotundus and its inhibitory complex associated with figure-ground discrimination. Paper presented at the satellite meeting of Comparative Cognition Society at Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.

Lazareva, O. F., #Kandray, K., #Pillai, N., & Acerbo, M.J. (2012, October). Nonverbal transitive inference in pigeons: Effect of bilateral lesion of hippocampus. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.

Acerbo, M. J., Lazareva, O. F., #Scully, E., & #Goodwin, K. (2012, October). Bilateral lesion of nucleus subpretectalis /interstitio-pretecto-subpretectalis (SP/IPS) selectively impairs figure-ground discrimination in pigeons. Poster presented at the annual meeting of Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans, LA.

#Kandray, K., Acerbo, M. J., & Lazareva, O. F. (2012, March). Effect of bilateral hippocampal lesion on transitive inference task in pigeons. Poster presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

Acerbo, M. J., & Lazareva, O. F. (2012, March). Effect of lesion of nucleus subpretectalis on visual discrimination in pigeons. Paper presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

Lazareva, O.F., #Kandray, K., & #Leiker, E. (2012, March). Effect of generalization gradients, relational disparity, and familiarity in motion-based transposition. Paper presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

Lazareva, O. F., Young, M. E., & Wasserman, E. A. (2011, March). Modeling relational learning in transposition: Joint effects of generalization gradients, relational disparity, and novelty. Paper presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

#Leiker, E., & Lazareva, O. F. (2011, March). Transposition task based on speed of motion. Paper presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

Acerbo, M. J., #McInnerney, J., Lazareva, O. F., Poremba, A., & Wasserman, E. A. (2011, March). The role of nucleus rotundus in figure-ground, color, and shape discrimination. Paper presented at the meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Melbourne, FL.

Lazareva, O. F., #McInnerney, J.,. & #Yuen, J. (2010, November). Implicit relational learning in a multiple-object tracking task. Paper presented at the meeting of Psychonomic Society, Saint Louis, MO.


#McInnerney, J., Lazareva, O. F., & #Yuen, J. (2010, November). An application of multiple-object tracking task to study implicit relational learning in adult humans. Paper presented at the satellite meeting of Comparative Cognition Society, Saint Louis, MO.
Education


2001 - PhD in Biology, Moscow State University and Institute of Higher Nervous Activity, Moscow, Russia. Dissertation: “Transitive inference and object permanence in young and adult birds.”

1997 - M.S. in Zoology, Kazan State University, Kazan, Russia. Thesis: “Abstract matching-to-sample in hooded crows.”

1997-B.A. in History of Culture (with a specialization in philosophy of science), Kazan State University, Kazan, Russia.