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, 2008) and 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. published by Routledge in December, 2017.
Staddon, J. "Object of Inquiry: Psychology’s Other (Non-replication) Problem(Published online)." Academic Questions 32.2 (June 2019): 246-256. Full Text Open Access Copy
Staddon, J. "Theoretical behaviorism, economic theory, and choice." History of Political Economy 48 (January 1, 2016): 316-331. Full Text Open Access Copy
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, 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, Machado, A, and Staddon, JER. "Cognitive versus associative decision rules in timing." Subjective Time: The Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Temporality. January 1, 2014. 355-377.
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, J. Scientific method: How science works, fails to work, and pretends to work. December 1, 2017. Full Text Open Access Copy
Staddon, JER. The New Behaviorism. Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press, 2014. (Monograph)
Staddon, JER. The Malign Hand of the Markets. McGraw-Hill, 2012. (Monograph)
Staddon, JER. "Is animal learning optimal?." January 1, 2007.
Staddon, JER. "Humanism and Skinner's radical behaviorism." 2003.
Cerutti, DL, Chelaru, IM, and Staddon, JER. "Detecting mine-like targets: Synergistic effects of correlated and uncorrelated sensor channels." December 1, 2001. Full Text
Cerutti, DT, Chelaru, IM, and Staddon, JER. "Detecting hidden targets: A procedure for studying performance in a mine-detection-like task." 2000. Full Text
Staddon, JER. "The dynamics of memory in animal learning." 1998.
Staddon, JER, and Chelaru, IM. "A diffusion-based guidance system for autonomous agents." 1998. Full Text
Staddon, JER. "Why behaviorism needs internal states." 1997.
DRAGOI, V, and STADDON, JER. "A COMPETITIVE NEURAL-NETWORK MODEL FOR THE PROCESS OF RECURRENT CHOICE." 1994.
STADDON, JER. "A NOTE ON RATE-SENSITIVE HABITUATION." 1993.
Staddon, JER. "Reinforcement learning: Reverse-engineering the behavior of pigeons." December 1, 1992.