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.

Ludvig, EA, and Staddon, JER. "The conditions for temporal tracking under interval schedules of reinforcement." JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES 30.4 (October 2004): 299-316. Full Text

Staddon, JER. "The old behaviorism: A response to William Baum's of the new behaviorism." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 82.1 (July 2004): 79-83. Full Text

Staddon, JER. "Response to commentators." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 82.1 (July 2004): 121-124. Full Text

Cerutti, DT, and Staddon, JER. "Time and rate measures in choice transitions." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 81.2 (March 2004): 135-154. Full Text

Cerutti, DT, and Staddon, JER. "Immediacy versus anticipated delay in the time-left experiment: A test of the cognitive hypothesis." JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES 30.1 (January 2004): 45-57. Full Text

Staddon, JER. "Scientific imperialism and behaviorist epistemology." BEHAVIOR AND PHILOSOPHY 32.1 (2004): 231-242. Open Access Copy

Staddon, JER. "A call to arms." BEHAVIOR ANALYST 27.1 (2004): 117-118. Full Text

Staddon, J. "Editor: Fact, value, and science." Behavior and Philosophy 31.1 (December 1, 2003): 193-.

Staddon, JER, and Cerutti, DT. "Operant conditioning." ANNUAL REVIEW OF PSYCHOLOGY 54 (2003): 115-144. Full Text

Dragoi, V, Staddon, JER, Palmer, RG, and Buhusi, CV. "Interval Timing as an Emergent Learning Property." Psychological Review 110.1 (2003): 126-144. Full Text

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