David C. Riccio

Department of Psychology
Kent State University
, 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.

Current Lab:   

    Click here     for a 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:

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

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.

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

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

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., 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., & 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.


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