Ruth M. Colwill received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and her BA from the University of York. Her research interests include animal learning and behavior, early adverse experiences on cognitive development, canine communication systems and aggressive behavior.
Gonzalez, S.T., Welch, E.S., Colwill, R.M., (2013). Pavlovian contextual and instrumental biconditional discrimination learning in mice. Behav. Brain Research, 256:398-404. NIHMS 524374.
O’Neale, A., Ellis, J., Creton, R., Colwill, R.M. (2014). Single stimulus learning in zebrafish larvae. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 108:145-54. Epub 2013 Sep 6. NIHMS 526724.
Ramirez, J. J., Monti, P. M., & Colwill, R. M. (2014). Alcohol cue exposure effects on craving and attentional bias among underage college student drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors,
Clift D, Richendrfer H, Thorn RJ, Colwill RM, Creton R. High-throughput analysis of behavior in zebrafish larvae: effects of feeding. Zebrafish. 2014;11:455-61.
Clift DE, Thorn RJ, Passarelli EA, Kapoor M, LoPiccolo MK, Richendrfer HA, Colwill RM, Creton R (2015). Effects of embryonic cyclosporine exposures on brain development and behavior. Behavioural Brain Research, accepted for publication.
Colwill R.M., Creton R. (2011). Imaging escape and avoidance behavior in zebrafish larvae. Reviews in the Neurosciences 22, 63-73. PMCID # 3092434.
Colwill, R.M., Creton, R. (2011). Locomotor behaviors in zebrafish (Danio rerio) larvae. Behavioural Processes, 86, 222-229. PMCID # 3063417.
Pelkowski S.D., Kapoor M., Richendrfer H.A., Wang X., Colwill R.M., Creton R. (2011). A novel high-throughput imaging system for automated analyses of avoidance behavior in zebrafish larvae. Behav. Brain Res, 223:135-144. NIHMSID # 293019.
Richendrfer, H., Pelkowski, S.D., Colwill, R.M., Creton, R. (2011). On the edge: pharmacological evidence for anxiety-related behavior in zebrafish larvae. Behavioral Brain Research (In press).
Ramirez, J. J. & Colwill, R. M. (2012). Pavlovian biconditional discrimination learning in the C57BL/6J mouse. Behavioural Processes, Available online March 22, 2012. doi: 101016/j.beproc.2012.02.017
Richendrfer, H., Pelkowski, S.D., Colwill, R.M., Creton, R. epub 2012. Developmental sub-chronic exposure to chlorpyrifos reduces anxiety-related behavior in zebrafish larvae. Neurotoxicology and Teratology.
Colwill, R. M. (2008). Theory on classical conditioning (Essay). Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Springer-Verlag.
Colwill, R. M. (2008). Acquisition; blocking; overshadowing; reinforcement; Rescorla-Wagner model; Mackintosh model; extinction; conditioned inhibition (glossary entries). Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. Springer-Verlag.
Colwill, R.M. (2009). Edward C. Tolman. Salem Health: Psychology and Mental Health. Salem Press.
Colwill, R.M. (2009). Clark L. Hull. Salem Health: Psychology and Mental Health. Salem Press.
Colwill, R.M. (2009). Skinner box. Salem Health: Psychology and Mental Health. Salem Press.
Colwill, R.M. (2009). Systematic Desensitization. Salem Health: Psychology and Mental Health. Salem Press.
Colwill, R.M. (2009). Implosion. Salem Health: Psychology and Mental Health. Salem Press.
Colwill, R.M. (2009). Time out. Salem Health: Psychology and Mental Health. Salem Press.
Colwill R.M., Creton R. (2010). Automated imaging of avoidance behavior in larval zebrafish. (Ch. 3, pp. 35-48). Humana Press / Springer Protocols: Zebrafish Neurobehavioral Protocols Series: Neuromethods, Vol. 51, 1st Edition. Kalueff, Allan V.; Cachat, Jonathan M. (Eds.). ISBN: 978-1-60761-952-9. Peer-reviewed book chapter.
Colwill, R.M. (2012). Craving. Salem Health: Addictions and Substance Abuse. Salem Press.
Colwill, R.M. (2012). Relapse. Salem Health: Addictions and Substance Abuse. Salem Press.
Colwill R.M., Creton R. (2012). Chapter 7. Automated imaging of visual recognition memory in larval zebrafish. In Kalueff AV and Stewart AM (Eds.) Zebrafish Protocols for Neurobehavioral Research, Humana Press. ISBN: 978-1-61779-596-1.Peer-reviewed book chapter.
Richendrfer, H., Creton, R., Colwill, R.M. (2014). The embryonic zebrafish as a model system to study the effects of environmental toxicants on behavior. In: Zebrafish: topics in reproduction and development. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Colwill, R. M. (2007). Effect of US Identity on Elimination and Recovery of Autoshaped Responding with Explicitly Unpaired and Degraded Contingency Extinction Procedures. Behavioural Processes, 74(1), 1-12.
Colwill, R. M. (2007). Effect of the passage of time on the contribution of initial response-outcome associations to instrumental performance. Behavioural Processes, (In press).
Colwill, R. M. (2006). Passage of time leaves response-outcome associations intact. Behavioural Processes, 72(1), 91-99.
Colwill, R. M., Raymond, M. P., Ferreira, L., & Escudero, H. (2005). Visual discrimination learning in the zebrafish, Danio rerio. Behavioural Processes, 70, 19-31.
Fetsko, L. A., Stebbins, H., Gallagher, K. K., & Colwill, R. M. (2005). Acquisition and extinction of facilitation in the C57Bl/6J mouse. Learning & Behavior, 33(4), 479-500.
Colwill, R. M. & Triola, S. M. (2002). Instrumental responding remains under the control of the consequent outcome after extended training. Behavioural Processes, 57, 51-64.
Colwill, R. M. (2001). The effect of noncontingent outcomes on extinction of the response-outcome association. Animal Learning & Behavior, 29, 153-164.
Colwill, R. M., Goodrum, K., & Martin, A. (1997). Pavlovian appetitive discriminative conditioning in aplysia californica. Animal Learning and Behavior, 25, 268-276.
Colwill, R. M. (1996). Detecting associations in Pavlovian conditioning and instrumental learning in vertebrates and in invertebrates. In C. F. Moss & S. J. Shettleworth (Eds.), Neuroethological studies of cognitive and perceptual processes (pp.31-62). Westview Press.
Colwill, R. M., & Delamater, B. D. (1995). An associative analysis of instrumental biconditional discrimination learning. Animal Learning and Behavior, 23, 218-233.
Colwill, R. M. (1994). Associative representations of instrumental contingencies. In D. L. Medin (Ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, (pp. 1-72). New York: Academic Press.
Colwill, R. M. (1993). Signaling the omission of a response-contingent outcome reduces discriminative control. Animal Learning and Behavior, 21, 337-345.
Colwill, R. M. (1991). Negative discriminative stimuli provide information about the identity of omitted response contingent outcomes. Animal Learning and Behavior, 19, 326-336.
Colwill, R. M., & Rescorla, R. A. (1990). Evidence for the hierarchical structure of instrumental learning. Animal Learning and Behavior, 18, 71 82.
Colwill, R. M., & Rescorla, R. A. (1988). Associations between the discriminative stimulus and the reinforcer in instrumental learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 14, 155 164.
Colwill, R. M., Absher, R. A., & Roberts, M. L. (1988). Context US learning in Aplysia californica. Journal of Neuroscience, 8, 4434 4439.
Colwill, R. M. (1985). Effects of associatively significant events on learning and memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 37B, 101 119.
Colwill, R. M., & Rescorla, R. A. (1985). Post conditioning devaluation of a reinforcer affects instrumental responding. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 11, 120 132.
|Creton, Robbert||Professor of Medical Science (Research), Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Research)|
|Dahlberg, Albert||Professor Emeritus of Medical Science|
|Marshall, John||Professor of Medical Science|
|Monti, Peter||Donald G. Millar Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Director of Alcohol and Addiction Studies|
I currently teach an undergraduate lecture course, an advanced seminar, and an undergraduate laboratory course. My Animal Behavior Laboratory course (CLPS 1191) takes place at Roger Williams Park Zoo and provides students with training in research methods in animal behavior. My seminar on canine behavior (CLPS 1180A) involves critical readings on the biology and psychology of dogs. My Learning & Conditioning lecture course (CLPS 0100) covers theories and principles of associative learning. Other courses I have taught include Animal Minds (a First Year Seminar), Animal Cognition, Animal Communication, Animal Learning & Behavior Laboratory, Introductory Psychology, Motivation, Research Methods, and a graduate core course in learning and cognition (CLPS 2100).
Spring 2014. CLPS 0100: Learning & Conditioning
Spring 2014. CLPS 1180A: Topics in Animal Behavior - Canine Behavior
Fall 2014. CLPS 1191: Animal Behavior Laboratory
Fall 2014. CLPS 1180A: Topics in Animal Behavior - Canine Behavior
Spring 2015. CLPS 0100: Learning & Conditioning
|CLPS 0050L - Anthropogenic Activity + Animals|
|CLPS 0100 - Learning and Conditioning|
|CLPS 1100 - Animal Cognition|
|CLPS 1170 - Theories of Learning|
|CLPS 1191 - Animal Behavior Laboratory|