Gonzalo Urcelay

Dr
Gonzalo
Urcelay
Role: 
Associate Fellow and Lecturer in Psychology at University of Leicester
Contact number: 
0116 299 7173
Contact email address: 
gpu1@leicester.ac.uk
Year Joined Homerton: 
2011
Research Interests: 

I am interested in the environmental and neural basis of learning and memory in health and disease. We use relatively simple preparations in rats and humans to better understand the effects of different environmental variables, and then interrogate neural function.

Teaching And Professional Interests: 

My teaching interests span different areas of psychology and behavioural neuroscience

Qualifications: 
  • Licentiate in Psychology
  • MSc in Cognitive Psychology
  • PhD in Cognitive Psychology
Publications: 
  • Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2006a). Counteraction of overshadowing and degraded contingency: support for the extended comparator hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 32, 21-32.
  • Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2006b). A comparator view of Pavlovian and differential inhibition. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 32, 271-283.
  • Miller, S. S., & Urcelay, G. P. (2007). The central amygdala joins the lateral amygdala in the fear memory party. Journal of Neuroscience, 27, 2151-2152.
  • Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2008). Counteraction between two kinds of conditioned inhibition training. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 15, 103-107.
  • Urcelay, G. P., Perelmuter, O., & Miller, R. R. (2008). Pavlovian backward conditioned inhibition in humans: Summation and retardation tests. Behavioural Processes, 77, 299-305.
  • Witnauer J. E., Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2008). Reduced blocking as a result of increasing the number of blocking cues. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 15, 651-655.
  • Urcelay, G. P., Wheeler, D. S., & Miller, R. R. (2009). Spacing extinction trials alleviates renewal and spontaneous recovery. Learning & Behavior, 37, 60-73.
  • Sissons, H. T., Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2009) Overshadowing and CS duration: Counteraction and a reexamination of the role of within-compound associations in cue competition. Learning & Behavior, 37: 254-268.
  • Witnauer J. E., Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2009). A one-system theory which is not propositional. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 32, 228-229.
  • Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2009). Potentiation and overshadowing in Pavlovian fear conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35, 340-356.
  • McConnell, B., Wheeler, D. S., Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2009) Protection from latent inhibition provided by a conditioned inhibitor. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35, 498-508.
  • Urcelay, G. P., Lipatova, O., & Miller, R. R. (2009). Constraints on enhanced extinction resulting from extinction treatment in the presence of an added excitor. Learning & Motivation, 40, 343-363.
  • Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2010a) Two roles for the context in Pavlovian fear conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 36, 268-280.
  • Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2010b). On the generality and limits of abstraction in rats and humans. Animal Cognition, 13, 21-32.
  • Orinstein, A., Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2010) The role of the intertrial interval during extinction: response cessation and recovery. Behavior Therapy, 41, 14-29.
  • Molet, M., Urcelay, G. P., Miguez, G., & Miller, R. R. (2010) Using context to resolve temporal ambiguity. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 36, 126-136.
  • Urcelay, G. P., Witnauer J. E., & Miller, R. R. (2012). The dual role of the context in postpeak performance decrements resulting from extended training. Learning & Behavior, 40, 476-493.
  • Murphy, E. R., Fernando A. B. P., Urcelay, G. P., Robinson, E. S. J., Mar, A. C., Theobald, D. E. H., Dalley, J. W., & Robbins, T. W (2012). Impulsive behaviour induced by both NMDA receptor antagonism and GABAA receptor activation in rat ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Psychopharmacology, 219, 401-410.
  • Fernando, A. B. P., Urcelay, G. P., Mar, A. C., Dickinson, A. & Robbins, T. W. (2013) Comparison of the conditioned reinforcing properties of a safety signal and appetitive stimulus: effects of d-amphetamine and anxiolytics. Psychopharmacology; 227, 195-208.
  • Gillan, C.M.,  Morein‐Zamir, S., Urcelay, G.P.,  Voon,  V., Sule,  A., Fineberg, N.A., Sahakian, B.J., Robbins,  T.W. (2014) Enhanced avoidance habits in obsessive‐compulsive disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 75, 631-638. doi:  10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.02.002)
  • Witnauer J. E., Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2014). The error in total error reduction. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 108, 119-135. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2013.07.018.
  • Piñeyro, M. E., Ferrer Monti, R. I., Alfei, J. M., Bueno, A. M., & Urcelay, G. P. (2014) Memory destabilization is critical for the success of the reactivation-extinction procedure. Learning & Memory, 21(1), 785-93. doi: 10.1101/lm.032714.113.
  • Fernando AB, Urcelay GP, Mar AC, Dickinson A, Robbins TW (2014a), The role of the nucleus accumbens shell in the mediation of the reinforcing properties of a safety signal in free-operant avoidance: Dopamine-dependent inhibitory effects of d-amphetamine. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39(6), 1420-1430.
  • Eagle, D. M., Noschang, C., d’Angello, L. C., Noble, C., Day, J. O., Dongelmans, M., Theobald, D. E., Mar, A. C., Urcelay, G. P., Morein-Zamir, S., & Robbins, T. W. (2014) The dopamine D2/D3 receptor agonist quinpirole increases checking-like behaviour in an operant observing response task with uncertain reinforcement: A novel possible model of OCD. Behavioural Brain Research; 264, 207-229.
  • Urcelay, G. P. & Miller, R. R. (2014). The functions of contexts in associative learning. Behavioural Processes. 104, 2-12.
  • Fernando, A. B. P., Urcelay, G. P., Mar, A. C., Dickinson, A. & Robbins, T. W. (2014b). Free-operant avoidance behavior by rats following reinforcer revaluation using opioid agonists and d-amphetamine. The Journal of Neuroscience. 34(18), 6286-6293.
  • Fernando, A. B. P., Urcelay, G. P., Mar, A. C., Dickinson, A. & Robbins, T. W. (2014c). Safety signals as instrumental reinforcers during free-operant avoidance. Learning & Memory, 21, 488-497.
  • Carranza-Jasso, R., Urcelay, G. P., Nieto, J., & Sánchez-Carrasco, L. (2014) Intertrial intervals and contextual conditioning in appetitive Pavlovian learning: Effects over the ABA renewal paradigm. Behavioural Processes. 107, 47-60.
  • Fernando, A. B. P., Mar, A. C., Urcelay, G. P., Dickinson, A. & Robbins, T. W. (2015). Avoidance behavior: A free-operant lever press avoidance task for the assessment of the effects of safety signals on avoidance behaviour. Curr. Protoc. Neurosci. 70:8.32.1-8.32.12. doi:10.1002/0471142301.ns0832s70.
  • Gillan, C. M., Apergis-Schoute, A. M., Morein-Zamir, S., Urcelay, G. P., Sule, A., Fineberg, N. A., Sahakian, B. J., & Robbins, T. W. (2015) Functional neuroimaging of avoidance habits in obsessive-compulsive disorder. The American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(3), 284-293.
  • Alfei, J. M., Ferrer Monti, R. I., Molina, V. A., Bueno, A. M., & Urcelay, G. P. (2015) Prediction error and trace dominance determine the fate of fear memories after post-training manipulations. Learning & Memory, 22, 385-400.
  • Prével, A., Rivière, V., Darcheville, J., & Urcelay, G. P. (2016) Conditioned reinforcement and backward association. Learning and Motivation, 56, 38-47.
  • Saund, J., Dautan, D., Rostron, C., Urcelay, G. P., & Gerdjikov, T. V. (2017) Thalamic inputs to dorsomedial striatum are involved in inhibitory control: evidence from the 5-choice serial reaction time task in rats. Psychopharmacology, 234, 2399-2407.
  • Urcelay, G. P. (2017) Competition and facilitation in compound conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, 43, 303-314.
  • Ferrer Monti, R. I., Alfei, J. M., Mugnaini, M., Bueno, A. M., Beckers, T., Urcelay, G. P. & Molina, V. A., (2017) A comparison of behavioural and pharmacological interventions to attenuate reactivated fear memories. Learning & Memory, 24 (8), 369-374.
  • Morein-Zamir, S., Shahper, S., Fineberg, N. A., Eisele, V., Eagle, D. M., Urcelay, G. P., Robbins, T. W. (2018) Free operant observing in humans: a translational approach to compulsive certainty seeking. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 2052-2069.
  • Prével, A., Rivière, V., Darcheville, J., Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R. R. (2018) Excitatory Second-Order Conditioning Using a Backward First-Order Conditioned Stimulus: A Challenge for Prediction Error Reduction. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1747021818793376
  • Pérez Riveros, O., Aitken, M. R. F., Zhukovsky, P., Soto, F. A., Urcelay, G. P., & Dickinson, A. (2019) Human instrumental performance in ratio and interval contingencies: a challenge for associative theory. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72, 311-321. DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1265996
  • Urcelay, G. P. & Prével, A. (2019). Extinction of instrumental avoidance. Current Opinion in Behavioural Sciences, 26, 165-171.

Book Chapters

  • Godoy, J. C., Urcelay, G. P., Puerta, M. y Molina, J. C. (2005) Desarrollo de tolerancia en ratas adolescentes expuestas a diferentes dosis de etanol. [Tolerance development in adolescent rats exposed to different doses of ethanol] In: Asociación Argentina de Ciencias del Comportamiento. Las Ciencias del Comportamiento en los Albores del Siglo XXI (pp. 145-148). Mar del Plata: Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata. Argentina. ISBN: 987-544107-4.
  • Pineño, O., Castro, L., & Urcelay, G. P. (2007). Interacción entre estímulos [Stimulus interactions]. In O. Pineño, M. A. Vadillo, & H. Matute (Eds.), Psicología del aprendizaje (pp. 25-48). Badajoz, Spain: Abecedario.
  • Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R.R. (2008).  Retrieval from memory.  In Learning theory and behavior, R. Menzel, Ed., Vol. 1 (pp. 53-74) of Learning and memory - A comprehensive reference, J.H. Byrne, Ed-in-Chief.  Oxford, UK: Elsevier.  Reprinted in Concise learning and memory: The editor’s selection, J.H. Byrne, Ed. (pp. 665-685).  London, UK: Academic Press.
  • Urcelay, G. P. & Dalley, J. W. (2012). Linking ADHD, impulsivity and drug abuse: a neuropsychological perspective. In Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences: Behavioral Neurobiology of ADHD and its Treatment, C. Stanford, & R. Tannock, (Eds) Springer-Verlag.
  • Urcelay, G. P. (2012). Exposure techniques: The role of extinction learning. In P. Neudeck, H. Wittchen (Eds.), Exposure therapy: Rethinking the model — refining the method (pp. 35-63). New York, NY US: Springer Science + Business Media. doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-3342-2_4.
  • Carranza-Jasso, R., Urcelay, G. P., Nieto, J., & Sánchez-Carrasco, L. (2014) Espaciamiento entre ensayos: implicaciones en el condicionamiento contextual. In: Tendencias actuales en aprendizaje y memoria. Memorias de la 1ª Reunión Satélite de Aprendizaje y Memoria. L. Sánchez-Carrasco, J. Nieto (Eds). Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México.  
  • Gillan, C. M., Urcelay, G. P., & Robbins, T. W. (2016). Associative theories of avoidance behaviour. In: The Wiley Blackwell Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Learning; Honey, R. and Murphy, R.A. (Eds.). Wiley and Sons.
  • Urcelay, G. P., & Miller, R.R. (2017).  Retrieval from memory.  In Learning theory and behavior, R. Menzel, Ed. of Learning and memory - A comprehensive reference, J.H. Byrne, Ed-in-Chief.  Oxford, UK: