John E. R. Staddon

James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1964

Overview

Until my retirement in 2007, my laboratory did experimental research on learning and adaptive behavior, mostly with animals: pigeons, rats, fish, parakeets.  We were particularly interested in timing and memory, feeding regulation, habituation and the ways in which pigeons and rats adapt to reward schedules. An objective is to arrive at simple models for learning that can help to identify the underlying neural mechanisms. I continue to do theoretical and historical work on the power law in psychophysics, operant learning, timing and memory, habituation and feeding regulation.  I have applied some of these ideas to economics and financial markets and social issues such as traffic control and smoking.  

Cerutti, DT, Jozefowiez, J, and Staddon, JER. "Rapid, accurate time estimation in zebrafish (Danio rerio)." BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES 99 (October 2013): 21-25. Full Text Open Access Copy

Staddon, JER. "Faith, Fact, and Behaviorism." BEHAVIOR ANALYST 36.2 (2013): 229-238. Open Access Copy

Staddon, JER, MacPhail, RC, and Padilla, S. "THE DYNAMICS OF SUCCESSIVE INDUCTION IN LARVAL ZEBRAFISH." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 94.2 (September 2010): 261-266. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jozefowiez, J, McDowell, J, and Staddon, JER. "CHOICE STUDIES IN TRANSITION." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 94.2 (September 2010): 159-160. Full Text Open Access Copy

Jozefowiez, J, Staddon, JER, and Cerutti, DT. "The Behavioral Economics of Choice and Interval Timing." PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW 116.3 (July 2009): 519-539. Full Text

John Staddon, . "Distracting Miss Daisy." The Atlantic (July 2008): 102-104. (Academic Article)

Zanutto, BS, and Staddon, JER. "Bang-bang control of feeding: Role of hypothalamic and satiety signals (vol 3, pg 924, 2007)." PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY 3.6 (June 2007): 1149-1149. Full Text

Zanutto, BS, and Staddon, JER. "Bang-bang control of feeding: Role of hypothalamic and satiety signals." PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY 3.5 (May 2007): 924-931. Full Text

Staddon, JER, and higa, JJ. "Interval timing." NATURE REVIEWS NEUROSCIENCE 7.8 (August 2006). Full Text

Pages

Staddon, JER. "Optimality Analyses of Operant Behavior and their Relation to Optimal Foraging." Limits to Action: The Allocation of Individual Behavior. New York: Academic Press, 1980. 101-141. (Chapter) Open Access Copy

Staddon, JER. Adaptive Behavior and Learning. Cambridge University Press, February 29, 2016.

Staddon, JER. The New Behaviorism. Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press, 2014. (Monograph)

Staddon, JER. The Malign Hand of the Markets. McGraw-Hill, 2012. (Monograph)