Charles Randy Gallistel
Title: Distinguished Professor
Area: Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience / Cognitive Psychology
Phone: 848-445-2973 / 8086
Building: Psychology Bldg. Annex: RuCCS A135 / Nelson Labs B409
My research pursues a psychophysical approach to screening for memory malfunction in genetically manipulated mice. The purpose is to make possible a genetic attack on the problem of the physical (cellular and molecular) basis of memory by developing behavioral screening methods that distinguish between genetic defects in memory per se and genetic defects in the many processes that affect the extent and manner in which memory is manifest in behavior. Memory is the mechanism or mechanisms that carry information forward in time within nervous systems. My behavioral screens look for distortions and increased noise in simple quantitative memories like interval duration, distance and number. It is psychophysical in character in that it tests memory for the same simple quantity repeatedly (hundreds of times) and processes the results with the kind of elaborate statistical analysis employed in psychophysical work on sensory systems. As in sensory psychophysics, the goal is to extract from behavioral data quantitative properties of the underlying mechanisms. The experimental research grows out of my theoretical research on problem-specific (modular) information processing approaches to learning and memory.
Gallistel, C.R., & King, A. (2009) Memory and the computational brain: Why cognitive science will transform neuroscience . New York: Blackwell/Wiley
Cordes, S., Gallistel, C.R., Gelman, R., & Latham, P. (2007) Nonverbal arithmetic in humans: Light from noise. Perception & Psychophysics, 69,1185-1203
Gallistel, C.R. (2009) The foundational abstractions. In Piattelli-Palmirini, M, Uriagereka, J.., & Salaburu, P. (Eds) Of minds and language: A dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque country. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 58-73
Gallistel, C.R. (2008) Learning and representation. In R. Menzel (Ed) Learning theory and behavior. Vol 1 of Learning and Memory - A Comprehensive Reference. 4 vols (J. Byrne, Ed). Oxford: Elsevier. pp/ 227-242.
Leslie, A., Gelman, R., & Gallistel, C.R. (2008) The generative basis of natural number concepts. Trends in Cognitive Science,R 12(6), 213-218
Cordes, S. & Gallistel, C.R. (2008) Intact interval timing in circadian CLOCK mutants. Brain Research,R 1227, 120-127.
Balsam, P.D., & Gallistel, C.R. (2009) Temporal maps and informativeness in associative learning. Trends in NeurosciencesR, 32(2), 73-78
Balci, F., Allen, B. D., Frank, K., Gibson, J., Gallistel, C. R., & Brunner, D. (2009). Acquisition of timed responses in the peak procedure. Behavioral ProcessesR, 80, 67-75.
Gallistel, C.R. (2009, April) The importance of proving the null. Psychological ReviewR
Balci, F., Freestone, D., Gallistel, C.R. (2009, Feb) Risk assessment in man and mouse. Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesR
1966 Ph.D. Yale University
2000- Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
2000- Professor Emeritus, UCLA
1989- Member of the Interdisciplinary Degree Program in Neuroscience, UCLA
1989-2000: Professor of Psychology, UCLA
1988-1989: Bernard L. & Ida E. Grossman Term Professor, University of Pennsylvania
1983-1989: Member of the Graduate Group in Neuroscience, Univ. of Penn.
1981-1984: Chair, Department of Psychology, Univ. of Penn
1979-1983: Member of the Graduate Group in Biology, Univ. of Penn.
1976-1989: Professor, Department of Psychology, Univ. of Penn.
1966-1976: Assistant Professor - Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Fellow, Sage Mind Institute, UC, Santa Barbara, Mid May-June, 2008
Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists 2006
William James Fellow of the American Psychological Society2006
Member National Academy of Sciences (USA) 2002
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 2001
Fellow, Society of Experimental Psychologists
Teuber Lecturer MIT 2006
Blackwell Lectureship, University of Maryland, Nov 2003
APA Distinguished Scientist Lecturer (MPA, May 2004)
MacEachern Lectureship, University of Alberta, Oct. 1997
James McKeen Cattell Fund Sabbatical Award '95-'96
Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 1984-1985
Chair Section J (Psychology) AAAS (1995)
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science