Mirari Elcoro , Ph.D.

Caracas, Venezuela from Sabas




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Assistant Professor


227 Science Center


Curriculum Vitae





Areas of Interest

2000   Licensure in Psychology, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela

2005   M.S. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

2008   Ph.D. in Psychology, Behavior Analysis, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Behavior Analysis, Operant Conditioning in Siamese Fighting Fish, Temporal Control, Neuroscience, Behavioral Pharmacology


Course information

 Fall 2010

PSYC 3400: Introduction to Learning

PSYC 3090: Physiological Psychology

            A paper from the PSYC 3090 Spring 2009 class, by Stephen P. Cooke was awarded during the Spring 2010 as an example of excellence in writing from the Department of Psychology at AASU, go to the Writing Committee’s website to read this paper titled Neurotheology: Neuroscience of the Soul

PSYC 4080: Learning and Behavior

This course has a laboratory component.



Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology, Behavior Principles, Biological Foundations of Behavior, Laboratory of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Physiological Psychology, Learning and Behavior, Introduction to Learning






Anderson, K. G., & Elcoro, M. (2007). Response acquisition with delayed reinforcement in Lewis and Fischer 344 rats. Behavioural Processes, 74, 311-318.pdf

Elcoro, M., da Silva, S. P., & Lattal, K. A. (2008).Visual reinforcement in the female Betta splendens. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 90, 53-60.pdf

Elcoro, M. (2008). Including physiological data in a science of behavior: A critical analysis. Brazilian Journal of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, 10, 253-261. pdf

Elcoro, M. & Lattal, K. A. Effects of delay to reinforcement on temporal control. Manuscript in preparation.

Elcoro, M. & Lattal, K. A. Effects of the temporal location of response-independent food on temporal control developed in a peak-interval procedure. Manuscript in preparation.






Links of Interest


Kennon A. Lattal, Ph.D., West Virginia University

Stephanie Da Silva, Ph.D., Columbus State University

Chata A. Dickson, MA, BCBA, New England Center for Children

Cristina Vargas-Irwin, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Fundacion Universitaria Konrad Lorenz


Association for Behavior Analysis , Society for Quantitative Analysis of Behavior

Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis , The Leakey Foundation

At The Carolinas Psychology Conference, Raleigh, NC 2009. From left to right: Stefanie Hunt, Shrinidhi Subramaniam, Melissa Ballard, Dr. Mirari Elcoro and Cameron Swany

Students involved in NSF-STEP Program Summer 2009, From left to right: Jenna Eagle, Shelby Parsons, Dr. Mirari Elcoro and laboratory assistant Melissa Ballard


Research Projects

Carolinas Psychology Conference: In 2009 the following undergraduate research projects were presented (by authors): Melissa Ballard on Activity Anorexia, Stefanie Hunt on Temporal Control, Shrinidhi Subramaniam on a model to study Craving in Substance Abuse, and Cameron Swany on resistance to Change with Fixed-Interval Schedules.

All of these presentations at CPC 2009 resulted from research projects that students prepared for the course Learning and Behavior (PSYC 4080). All of these students conducted follow-up experiments based on their PSYC 4080 projects.





National Science Foundation, Science and Technology Expansion Program at AASU, Summer 2009, the following presentations were conducted by: Jenna Eagle (Senior, Psychology Major) and Shelby Parsons (Freshman, Information Technology Major)

A five-week program funded one incoming freshman (Shelby, Summer 2009) and a senior undergrdauate student (Jenna) to conduct research under my supervision. During those five weeks these students had three general scientific experiences: laboratory, analytical, and writing. The laboratory experience entailed performing tasks in the animal psychology laboratory such as maintenance of equipment and animals. In conducting these tasks the students learned about the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and the AASU Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC). The analytical experience lies in the preparation of experimental procedures using computer software, data analysis, and the examination of some of the relevant theoretical frameworks. The writing experience provided the students with the opportunity to organize the data obtained in some of the formats used for dissemination of scientific knowledge: poster and power-point slides for conference presentation.

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