Department of Psychology

Erin B. Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Erin B. Rasmussen, Ph.D.

Professor, Experimental Psychology


B.S. (1994), Utah State University;
M.S. (1999) and Ph.D. (2001), Auburn University.

Research Interests

Dr. Rasmussen's research interests are in the area of behavioral pharmacology and behavioral economics. She currently examines how the endocannabinoid, dopaminergic, and opioid neurotransmitter systems affect the value of food and exercise reinforcement in genetic and environmental rodent models of obesity. In addition, she conducts human research on behavioral economic factors related to food-related decision making.


Selected Publications

(2= graduate student co-author, 1= undergraduate co-author)

Buckley, J2, & Rasmussen, E.B. (2014). Rimonabant reduces relative amount of food intake, not palatability, in a choice procedure with obese and lean Zucker rats. Psychopharmacology, 231, 2159-2170. PMID: 24398820
Rasmussen & Buckley PDF

Boomhower, S.1, & Rasmussen, E.B. (in press) Haloperidol and rimonabant enhance impulsive choice in rats exposed to high-fat diets. Behavioural Pharmacology.
Rasmussen & Bommhower PDF

Hendrickson, K2. & Rasmussen, E.B. (2013). Effects of mindful eating training on delay and probability discounting for food and money in obese and healthy-weight individuals. Behaviour Research & Therapy, 51, 399-409. Rasmussen & Hendrickson PDF

Boomhower, S.1, & Rasmussen, E.B., and Doherty, T. 1 (2013). Impulsive choice in the obese Zucker rat. Behavioural Brain Research, 241, 214-221. Boomhower, Rasmussen & Doherty PDF

Buckley, J2.,& Rasmussen, E.B. (2012). Differential sensitivity to rates of reinforcement in a choice procedure in lean and obese Zucker rats. Physiology and Behavior, 108, 19-27.
Rasmussen & Buckley PDF

Rasmussen, E.B., Reilly, W. 1(1), Buckley, J.(2)., & Boomhower, S.(1) (2012). Rimonabant reduces the essential value of food in the genetically obese Zucker rat: An exponential demand analysis. Physiology and Behavior, 105, 734-741. Rasmussen et al 2011 PDF

Rasmussen, E.B. & Hillman, C.(1) (2011). Naloxone and rimonabant attenuate the reinforcing properties of exercise. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology. Rasmussen et al 2011 ECP

Rasmussen, E.B., Reilly, W. (1), & Hillman, C. (1) (2010). Demand for sucrose reinforcement in lean and obese Zucker rats. Behavioral Processes, 85, 191-7.
Rasmussen, Reilly & Hillman PDF

Smith, S. (2), & Rasmussen, E.B. (2010). Effects of 2-AG on the reinforcing properties of exercise in lean and obese Zucker rats. Behavioural Pharmacology, 21, 292-300.

Rasmussen, E.B., Lawyer, S.R., & Reilly, W.(1) (2010). Percent body fat is related to delay and probability discounting for food in humans. Behavioural Processes, 83, 23-30.
Rasmussen, Lawyer & Reilly PDF

Wakley, A.(2) & Rasmussen, E. (2009) Effects of cannabinoid drugs on sucrose reinforcement in gestationally undernourished rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 94, 30-36.
Wakley & Rasmussen PDF

Rasmussen, E.B., & Newland, M.C. (2009). Quantification of ethanol's anti-punishment effect in humans using the generalized matching relation. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 92, 161-180.
Rasmussen & Newland (JEAB, 92) PDF

Rasmussen, EB, & Huskinson, S. (1) (2008). Effects of rimonabant on behavior maintained by progressive ratio schedules of sucrose reinforcement in obese Zucker (fa/fa) rats. Behavioural Pharmacology, 19, 735-742 .
Rasmussen & Huskinson PDF

Rasmussen, E.B, & Newland, MC. (2008). Asymmetry of reinforcement and punishment in human choice. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 89, 157-168.
Rasmussen & Newland (JEAB, 89) PDF

Donlin, W., & Rasmussen, E.B. (2008). Behavioral pharmacology. In S. Davis & W. Buskist (Eds) 21st Century Psychology. New York: Sage.
Donlin & Rasmussen PDF

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