John E. R. Staddon

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, and MOTHERAL, S. "MATCHING AND MAXIMIZING IN OPERANT CHOICE EXPERIMENTS." PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW 85.5 (1978): 436-444. Full Text

Staddon, JE. "Theory of behavioral power functions." Psychological Review 85.4 (1978): 305-320. Full Text

STADDON, JER, MCGEORGE, LW, BRUCE, RA, and KLEIN, FF. "SIMPLE METHOD FOR THE RAPID ANALYSIS OF ANIMAL SOUNDS." ZEITSCHRIFT FUR TIERPSYCHOLOGIE-JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE ETHOLOGY 48.3 (1978): 306-330.

Staddon, JER, and Motheral, S. "On matching and maximizing in operant choice experiments." Psychological Review 85 (1978): 436-444. (Academic Article)

STADDON, JER. "HERRNSTEINS EQUATION AND RELATED FORMS." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 28.2 (1977): 163-170. Full Text

KELLO, JE, INNIS, NK, and STADDON, JER. "ECCENTRIC STIMULI ON MULTIPLE FIXED-INTERVAL SCHEDULES." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 23.2 (1975): 233-240. Full Text

STADDON, JER, and FRANK, JA. "TEMPORAL CONTROL ON PERIODIC SCHEDULES - FINE-STRUCTURE." BULLETIN OF THE PSYCHONOMIC SOCIETY 6.5 (1975): 536-538. Full Text Open Access Copy

STADDON, JER, and FRANK, JA. "ROLE OF PECK-FOOD CONTINGENCY ON FIXED-INTERVAL SCHEDULES." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 23.1 (1975): 17-23. Full Text

STADDON, JER. "LIMITATIONS ON TEMPORAL CONTROL - GENERALIZATION AND EFFECTS OF CONTEXT." BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 66.MAY (1975): 229-246. Full Text

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