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.

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

Staddon, JE. "Autocontingencies: Special contingencies or special stimuli? A review of Davis, Memmott, and Hurwitz." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 104.3 (1975): 189-191. Full Text

STADDON, JER. "NOTE ON EVOLUTIONARY SIGNIFICANCE OF SUPERNORMAL STIMULI." AMERICAN NATURALIST 109.969 (1975): 541-545. Full Text

Staddon, JE. "A note on behavioural contrast and frustation." The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 26.2 (May 1974): 285-292. Full Text

Kello, JE, and Staddon, JER. "Control of long-interval performance on mixed cyclic- interval schedules." Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 4 (1974): 1-4. (Academic Article)

Frank, J, and Staddon, JER. "The effects of restraint on temporal discrimination behavior." Psychological Record 23 (1974): 123-130. (Academic Article)

Staddon, JER. "Temporal control, attention and memory." Psychological Review 81 (1974): 375-391. (Academic Article)

Starr, B, and Staddon, JER. "Temporal control on fixed-interval schedules: Signal properties of reinforcement and blackout." Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 22 (1974): 535-545. (Academic Article)

Staddon, JER, and Frank, J. "Mechanisms of discrimination reversal." Animal Behaviour 22 (1974): 802-828. (Academic Article)

Malone, JC, and Staddon, JER. "Contrast effects in maintained generalization gradients." Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 19 (1973): 167-179. (Academic Article)

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