Associate Professor Gabrielle Weidemann

Associate Professor Gabrielle Weidemann

Associate Professor in Psychological Science,
Psychological Science


I received my PhD in 2005 from the University of New South Wales in the area of behavioural neuroscience. My PhD research was concerned with mathematical modelling of savings and recovery after extinction of a classically conditioned response in the rabbit. I have also collaborated on research projects examining the neurobiological and neuropharmacological mechanisms of learning and memory in animals with researchers at the University of New South Wales and the University of Michigan.

More recently I have been conducting research examining associative learning and classical conditioning processes in human participants. I have received funding for research projects examining the role of higher order cognitive processes in the acquisition and expression of eyeblink conditioning and the role that conscious expectancy plays in mediating the conditioned response in a variety of different conditioning paradigms. I am also interested in the role that associative learning and memory play in the acquisition of likes and dislikes. In examining learning and memory I use a variety of different behavioural measures (e.g. reaction times) and physiological responses like skin conductance, heart rate, facial EMG, eyeblink responses, startle responses, and blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal in the brain measured using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Weidemann.


  • PhD University of New South Wales
  • BSc University of New South Wales

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Psychological Science


Phone: (02) 9772 6669
Location: 24.G.24

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101676 Human Learning, 2013


Chapters in Books

  • Okan, C., Weidemann, G. and Bailey, P. (2021), '"Alone, but not lonely" : the impact of COVID-19 on older persons and the role of technology in staying connected', Mental Health Effects of COVID-19, Academic Press 9780128242896.
  • Liu, L. and Weidemann, G. (2017), 'Is it wise to raise your child bilingually?', China Language Strategies. Volume 5, Number 1, Nanjing University Press 9787305190445.
  • Weidemann, G. and McNally, G. (2012), 'Neuroscience of associative learning', Oxford Bibliographies Online, Oxford University Press .

Journal Articles

  • Smit, E., Milne, A., Dean, R. and Weidemann, G. (2022), 'Making the unfamiliar familiar : the effect of exposure on ratings of unfamiliar musical chords', Musicae Scientiae, vol 26, no 2 , pp 339 - 363.
  • Smit, E., Milne, A., Dean, R. and Weidemann, G. (2022), 'Evaluative conditioning of responses to unfamiliar chords by exposure to valenced images', Psychology of Music, vol 50, no 2 , pp 579 - 595.
  • Gilbert, E., Denson, N. and Weidemann, G. (2022), 'Negotiating co-existing subjectivities : the new maternal self in the academy', Gender and Education, vol 34, no 7 , pp 869 - 885.
  • Okan, C., Bilson, L., Zhong, D., Weidemann, G. and Bailey, P. (2022), '[In Press] Validating the interpersonal theory of suicide among older adultspre- and peri-COVID-19 pandemic', Aging and Mental Health, .
  • Mahlberg, J., Seabrooke, T., Weidemann, G., Hogarth, L., Mitchell, C. and Moustafa, A. (2021), 'Human appetitive Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer : a goal-directed account', Psychological Research, vol 85, no 2 , pp 449 - 463.
  • Bailey, P., Ebner, N., Moustafa, A., Phillips, J., Leon, T. and Weidemann, G. (2021), 'The weight of advice in older age', Decision, vol 8, no 2 , pp 123 - 132.
  • Liu, L., Du Toit, M. and Weidemann, G. (2021), 'Infants are sensitive to cultural differences in emotions at 11 months', PLoS One, vol 16, no 9 .
  • Jean-Richard-dit-Bressel, P., Lee, J., Liew, S., Weidemann, G., Lovibond, P. and McNally, G. (2021), 'Punishment insensitivity in humans is due to failures in instrumental contingency learning', eLife, vol 10 .
  • Johnson, M., Langdon, R., Levett-Jones, T., Weidemann, G., Manias, E. and Everett, B. (2019), 'A cluster randomised controlled feasibility study of nurse-initiated behavioural strategies to manage interruptions during medication administration', International Journal for Quality in Health Care, vol 31, no 8 , pp 67 - 73.
  • Mahlberg, J., Weidemann, G., Hogarth, L. and Moustafa, A. (2019), 'Cue-elicited craving and human Pavlovian-to-instrumental transfer', Addiction Research and Theory, vol 27, no 6 , pp 482 - 488.
  • Hogarth, L., Hardy, L., Bakou, A., Mahlberg, J., Weidemann, G., Cashel, S. and Moustafa, A. (2019), 'Negative mood induction increases choice of heroin versus food pictures in opiate-dependent individuals : correlation with self-medication coping motives and subjective reactivity', Frontiers in Psychiatry, vol 10 .
  • Smit, E., Milne, A., Dean, R. and Weidemann, G. (2019), 'Perception of affect in unfamiliar musical chords', PLoS One, vol 14, no 6 .
  • Johnson, M., Weidemann, G., Adams, R., Manias, E., Levett-Jones, T., Aguilar, V. and Everett, B. (2018), 'Predictability of interruptions during medication administration with related behavioral management strategies', Journal of Nursing Care Quality, vol 33, no 2 , pp 1 - 9.
  • Pritchard, T., Weidemann, G. and Hogarth, L. (2018), 'Negative emotional appraisal selectively disrupts retrieval of expected outcome values required for goal-directed instrumental choice', Cognition and Emotion, vol 32, no 4 , pp 843 - 851.
  • Johnson, M., Levett-Jones, T., Langdon, R., Weidemann, G., Manias, E. and Everett, B. (2018), 'A qualitative study of nurses' perceptions of a behavioural strategies e-learning program to reduce interruptions during medication administration', Nurse Education Today, vol 69 , pp 41 - 47.
  • Norberg, M., Barnier, E., Weidemann, G., Chakerian, K., Cornish, J. and Rapee, R. (2018), 'Randomised pilot study of cannabis cue exposure : reducing cue reactivity while building tolerance', Clinical Psychologist, vol 22, no 2 , pp 126 - 136.
  • Richmond, J., Zhao, J. and Weidemann, G. (2017), 'I like it by mere association : conditioning preferences in infants', Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol 161 , pp 19 - 31.
  • Mahlberg, J., Haber, P., Morley, K., Weidemann, G., Hogarth, L., Beck, K., Myers, C. and Moustafa, A. (2017), 'Reward and punishment-based compound cue learning and generalization in opiate dependency', Experimental Brain Research, vol 235, no 10 , pp 3153 - 3162.
  • Johnson, M., Sanchez, P., Langdon, R., Manias, E., Levett-Jones, T., Weidemann, G., Aguilar, V. and Everett, B. (2017), 'The impact of interruptions on medication errors in hospitals : an observational study of nurses', Journal of Nursing Management, vol 25, no 7 , pp 498 - 507.
  • Weidemann, G., Satkunarajah, M. and Lovibond, P. (2016), 'I think, therefore I eyeblink : the importance of contingency awareness in conditioning', Psychological Science, vol 27, no 4 , pp 467 - 475.
  • Verbruggen, F., McAndrew, A., Weidemann, G., Stevens, T. and McLaren, I. (2016), 'Limits of executive control : sequential effects in predictable environments', Psychological Science, vol 27, no 5 , pp 748 - 757.
  • Weidemann, G. and Lovibond, P. (2016), 'The role of US recency in the Perruchet effect in eyeblink conditioning', Biological Psychology, vol 119 , pp 1 - 10.
  • Terry, J., Stevens, C., Weidemann, G. and Tillmann, B. (2016), 'Implicit learning of between-group intervals in auditory temporal structures', Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, vol 78, no 6 , pp 1728 - 1743.
  • Weidemann, G., McAndrew, A., Livesey, E. and McLaren, I. (2016), 'Evidence for multiple processes contributing to the Perruchet effect : response priming and associative learning', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition, vol 42, no 4 , pp 366 - 379.
  • Lovibond, P., Chen, S., Mitchell, C. and Weidemann, G. (2013), 'Competition between an avoidance response and a safety signal : evidence for a single learning system', Biological Psychology, vol 92, no 1 , pp 9 - 16.
  • Broderick, J., Grisham, J. and Weidemann, G. (2013), 'Disgust and fear responding in contamination-based obsessive-compulsive disorder during pictorial exposure', Behavior Therapy, vol 44, no 1 , pp 27 - 38.
  • Weidemann, G., Best, E., Lee, J. and Lovibond, P. (2013), 'The role of contingency awareness in single-cue human eyeblink conditioning', Learning and Memory, vol 20, no 7 , pp 363 - 366.
  • Weidemann, G., Broderick, J., Lovibond, P. and Mitchell, C. (2012), 'Both trace and delay conditioned eyeblink responding can be dissociated from outcome expectancy', Journal of Experimental Psychology. Animal Behavior Processes, vol 38, no 1 , pp 1 - 10.
  • McCarry, A., Henry, J., von Hippel, W., Weidemann, G., Sachdev, P., Wohl, M. and Williams, M. (2012), 'Age differences in neural activity during slot machine gambling : an fMRI study', PLoS One, vol 7, no 11 , pp 1 - 6.
  • Weidemann, G. and Antees, C. (2012), 'Parallel acquisition of awareness and differential delay eyeblink conditioning', Learning & Memory, vol 19, no 5 , pp 201 - 210.
  • Mitchell, C., Wardle, S., Lovibond, P., Weidemann, G. and Chang, B. (2010), 'Do reaction times in the perruchet effect reflect variations in the strength of an associative link?', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, vol 36, no 2 , pp 567 - 572.
  • Weidemann, G., Tangen, J., Lovibond, P. and Mitchell, C. (2009), 'Is Perruchet's dissociation between eyeblink conditioned responding and outcome expectancy evidence for two learning systems?', Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, vol 35, no 2 , pp 169 - 176.
  • Lovibond, P., Saunders, J., Weidemann, G. and Mithcell, C. (2008), 'Evidence for expectancy as a mediator of avoidance and anxiety in a laboratory model of human avoidance learning', The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol 61, no 8 , pp 1199 - 1216.

Conference Papers

  • Liu, L., Peter, V. and Weidemann, G. (2019), 'A bilingual advantage in infant pitch processing', International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Bazouni, J., Liu, L., Weidemann, G. and Escudero, P. (2016), 'The role of affect processing on infant word learning', Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Parramatta, N.S.W..
  • Traynor, N., Mulak, K., Robbins, R., Weidemann, G. and Escudero, P. (2016), 'The role of positive affect in the acquisition of word-object associations', Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Parramatta, N.S.W..
  • McAndrew, A., Weidemann, G. and McLaren, I. (2013), 'Can US sensitization account for the electrodermal variant of the Perruchet effect?', Cognitive Science Society (U.S.). Meeting, Berlin, Germany.

Other Publications

  • 2020, 'Negotiating Mothering and Academic Work: A Mixed Methods Intersectional Feminist Study', Report
  • 2020, 'Depression, Co-Morbidity and Integrated Care', Report

Associative Learning; Classical conditioning; Behavioural Neuroscience.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Weidemann.

Current Projects

Title: Taking advice: Limits and potentials of social decision-making in older age
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Phoebe Bailey, Ahmed Moustafa and Gabrielle Weidemann
Years: 2020-01-01 - 2023-12-31
ID: P00025676

Previous Projects

Title: I like you and I just can't help it: Explaining automatic affective responses
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Gabrielle Weidemann and Kate Stevens
Years: 2014-02-01 - 2018-12-31
ID: P00021415
Title: PLATYPUS - PLAsticiTY of Perceptual space Under Sensorimotor interactions [via Munster University, Germany - no funding to WSU]
  • European Commission
Western Researchers: Tamara Watson and Gabrielle Weidemann
Years: 2017-07-01 - 2023-04-30
ID: P00023401
Title: Frontiers Technology Clinical Academic Group: disruptive innovation in healthcare
  • Maridulu Budyari Gumal
Western Researchers: Kate Stevens, Paul Breen, Gaetano Gargiulo, Sandra Garrido, Gough Lui, Don Wright, Gabrielle Weidemann and Tamara Watson
Years: 2019-01-01 - 2023-03-31
ID: P00025405
Title: Bridging processing and learning: the influence of affect processing on infant word learning [via ANU CoE]
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Gabrielle Weidemann and Paola Escudero Neyra
Years: 2015-11-18 - 2017-05-17
ID: P00023088
Title: Testing the multiple learning system model with eyeblink conditioning in normal and amnesic participants [via UNSW]
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Gabrielle Weidemann
Years: 2010-01-01 - 2013-12-31
ID: P00018401
Title: The interaction between cognitive expectancy and conditioned responding in human eyeblink conditioning
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Gabrielle Weidemann
Years: 2010-02-01 - 2012-02-03
ID: P00018402


Associate Professor Weidemann is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Replicating and Extending the Perruchet Paradigm
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Relational Frame Theory and Perspective Taking
Field of Research:

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