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. The aim  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 (Distracting Miss Daisy, The Atlantic, 2008and smoking (Unlucky Strike, Private Health and the Science, Law and Politics of Smoking, with David Hockney, UBP, 2013).  A second edition of Adaptive Behavior and Learning (Cambridge UP) was published in 2016. Most recently I have Scientific Method: How Science Works, Fails to Work, and Pretends to Work. to be published by Routledge in December.

STADDON, JER. "REINFORCEMENT IS THE PROBLEM, NOT THE SOLUTION - VARIATION AND SELECTION OF BEHAVIOR." BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES 7.4 (1984): 697-699. Full Text

STADDON, JER. "STATIC AND DYNAMIC COMPETITION." BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES 9.1 (1984): 98-99.

ETTINGER, RH, and STADDON, JER. "OPERANT REGULATION OF FEEDING - A STATIC ANALYSIS." BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE 97.4 (1983): 639-653.

HINSON, JM, and STADDON, JER. "MATCHING, MAXIMIZING, AND HILL-CLIMBING." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 40.3 (1983): 321-331. Full Text

HINSON, JM, and STADDON, JER. "HILL-CLIMBING BY PIGEONS." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 39.1 (1983): 25-47. Full Text

STADDON, JER. "OPTIMA FOR ANIMALS - ALEXANDER,RM." BIOSCIENCE 33.8 (1983): 522-522. Full Text

Staddon, JER. "Sobre a nocão de causa: aplicacões ao caso do Behaviorismo." . Cadernos de História e Filosofia da Ciência 4 (1983): 48-92. (Academic Article)

INNIS, NK, SIMMELHAGGRANT, VL, and STADDON, JER. "BEHAVIOR INDUCED BY PERIODIC FOOD DELIVERY - THE EFFECTS OF INTERFOOD INTERVAL." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 39.2 (1983): 309-322. Full Text

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