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. published by Routledge in December, 2017.

"Behavioral competition, component duration and multiple-schedule contrast." Behaviour Analysis Letters 2.1 (January 1, 1982): 31-38.

STADDON, JER. "BRAINSTORMS - PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS ON MIND AND PSYCHOLOGY - DENNETT,DC." BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS LETTERS 2.2 (1982): 123-125.

"On the dangers of demand curves: A comment of Lea and Tarpy." Behaviour Analysis Letters 2.6 (January 1, 1982): 321-325.

King, AP, West, MJ, Eastzer, DH, and Staddon, JER. "An experimental investigation of the bioacoustics of cowbird song." Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 9.3 (October 1981): 211-217. Full Text

Houston, AI, and Staddon, JER. "Optimality principles and behavior: It's all for the best." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 4.03 (September 1981): 395-395. Full Text

STADDON, JER, HINSON, JM, and KRAM, R. "OPTIMAL CHOICE." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 35.3 (1981): 397-412. Full Text

"Some temporal properties of local contrast." Behaviour Analysis Letters 1.5 (January 1, 1981): 275-281.

STADDON, JER. "COGNITION IN ANIMALS - LEARNING AS PROGRAM ASSEMBLY." COGNITION 10.1-3 (1981): 287-294. Full Text

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