CSLA: Alicia Izquierdo-Edler

College of Natural and Social


Department of Psychology

Alicia Izquierdo-Edler

Office: King Hall A3038

Phone: 343-323-2264

FAX: (323) 343-2281

E-mail: aizquie@calstatela.edu

Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience


 | Teaching Interests

 | Research Interests
Educational Background

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One of my main professional goals is to encourage women and ethnic minorities to pursue research careers in behavioral neuroscience. To this end, I try to expose my students to the many career options within Psychology and also try to infuse a passion for the puzzle-solving nature of research in my teaching and mentoring.

Teaching Interests

Because of my research background in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, I particularly enjoy teaching Physiological Psychology, Experimental Research Methods, as well as graduate seminars in Neuropsychology, Neuropharmacology, and Advanced Experimental Design. In order to better involve students in research I try to stimulate critical thinking and encourage the development of unique research questions in their area of interest.

Research Interests

In addressing my research questions I favor the use of an animal model. My main interests include: Uncovering the neural mechanisms important for flexible cognition and behavior, exploring the factors contributing to reward-related decision-making, and studying the neuropharmacology of executive function. It is my hope that all such research can contribute to a better understanding (and treatment) of diseases such as OCD, PTSD, addiction/relapse, and Impulse Control Disorder.

Representative Professional Activities

Date Publications/Presentations
Izquierdo A, Newman TK, Higley JD, Murray EA (2007).
Genetic modulation of cognitive flexibility and
socioemotional behavior in rhesus monkeys. PNAS USA
104: 14128-14133.
2007 Wellman CL, Izquierdo A,
Garrett JE, Martin KP, Carroll J, Millstein R, Lesch KP,
Murphy DL, and Holmes A (2007) Impaired stress-coping
and fear extinction and abnormal corticolimbic
morphology in serotonin transporter knock-out mice.
The Journal of Neuroscience 27: 684-691.
2007 Izquierdo A and Murray EA
(2007). Selective bilateral amygdala lesions in rhesus
monkeys fail to disrupt object reversal learning. The
Journal of Neuroscience
27: 1054-1062.
2006 Izquierdo A, Wellman CL,
Holmes A (2006). Stress causes rapid dendritic
retraction in infralimbic cortex and impairs fear
extinction in mice. The Journal of Neuroscience
26: 5733-5738.
2006 Izquierdo A, Wiedholz LM,
Millstein RA, Yang RJ, Bussey TJ, Saksida LM, and Holmes
A (2006). Genetic and dopaminergic modulation of
reversal learning in a touchscreen-based operant
procedure for mice. Behavioural Brain Research
171: 181-188.
2005 Izquierdo A
and Murray EA (2005).
Opposing effects of amygdala and orbital prefrontal
cortex lesions on the extinction of instrumental
responding in macaque monkeys. European Journal of
22: 2341-2346.
2005 Izquierdo A, Suda
RK, and Murray EA (2005). Comparison of the effects of
bilateral orbital prefrontal cortex lesions and amygdala
lesions on emotional responses in rhesus monkeys. The
Journal of Neuroscience
25: 8534-8542.
2004 Izquierdo A, Suda
RK, and Murray EA (2004). Bilateral orbital prefrontal
cortex lesions in rhesus monkeys disrupt choices guided
by both reward value and reward contingency. The
Journal of Neuroscience

24: 7540 – 7548.
2004 Izquierdo A and
Murray EA (2004). Combined unilateral lesions of the
amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex impair affective
processing in rhesus monkeys. Journal of
. 91: 2023-2039.
2000 Baxter MG, Parker
A, Lindner CCC, Izquierdo AD, Murray EA (2000). Control
of response selection by reinforcer value requires
interaction of amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex.
The Journal of Neuroscience
. 20(11): 4311-4319.
2000 Boothe RG, Louden
T, Aiyer A, Izquierdo A, Drews C, Lambert SR (2000).
Visual outcome after contact lens and intraocular lens
correction of neonatal monocular aphakia in monkeys.
Investigative Opthamology & Visual Science

Educational Background

Ph.D. Cognitive Neuropsychology 2003

  • The George Washington University
    in partnership with
  • The National Institutes of Health
    Washington D.C.
    and Bethesda, MD

B.S. Biology and Psychology 1996

  • Emory University
    Atlanta, GA

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