John E. R. Staddon

John E. R. Staddon

James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1964


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.

Manabe, K, Staddon, JER, and Cleaveland, JM. "Control of vocal repertoire by reward in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)." JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY 111.1 (March 1997): 50-62. Full Text

Staddon, JER. "Theory and behavior analysis: Commentary on Donahoe, Palmer, and Burgos." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 67.2 (March 1997): 245-246. Full Text

Horner, JM, Staddon, JER, and Lozano, KK. "Integration of reinforcement effects over time." ANIMAL LEARNING & BEHAVIOR 25.1 (February 1997): 84-98. Full Text

Gelenbe, E, Schmajuk, N, Staddon, J, and Reif, J. "Autonomous search by robots and animals: A survey." Robotics and Autonomous Systems 22.1 (1997): 23-34.

Staddon, JER, and Zayan, R. "Untitled." BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES 38.3 (December 1996): 203-203. Full Text

Staddon, JER, and Higa, JJ. "Multiple time scales in simple habituation." PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW 103.4 (October 1996): 720-733. Full Text

Wynne, CDL, Staddon, JER, and Delius, JD. "Dynamics of waiting in pigeons." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 65.3 (May 1996): 603-618. Full Text

Staddon, JER. "The dynamics of memory in animal learning." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 31.3-4 (1996): 5611-5611.

Staddon, JER. "Schedule combinations and choice: experiment and theory." Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis 21 (1995): 163-274. (Academic Article)

Staddon, JER. "Combinaciones de programas y elección: experimentos y teoria." Revista Mexicana de Análisis de la Conducta 21 (1995): 169-281. (Academic Article)