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. published by Routledge in December, 2017.

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

Staddon, JER, and Cerutti, DT. "Operant conditioning." Annual Review of Psychology 54 (January 2003): 115-144. (Review) 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

Staddon, JER, and Cerutti, DT. "Operant behavior." Annual Review of Psychology 54 (2003): 115-144. (Academic Article)

Staddon, JER, Chelaru, IM, and Higa, JJ. "Habituation, memory and the brain: the dynamics of interval timing." Behavioural Processes 57.2-3 (April 2002): 71-88. Full Text

"Editorial." Behavioural Processes 57.1 (March 2002): iv-iv. Full Text

Staddon, JER, Chelaru, IM, and Higa, JJ. "A tuned-trace theory of interval-timing dynamics." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 77.1 (January 2002): 105-124. Full Text

Staddon, JER. "Up close: Impersonal." BEHAVIOR ANALYST 25.1 (2002): 121-122. Full Text

Staddon, JER, Machado, A, and Lourenço, O. "Plus ça change . . . : Jost, Piaget, and the dynamics of embodiment." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24.1 (February 2001): 63-65. Full Text

Staddon, J. "Editorial note." Behavioural Processes 52.2-3 (December 2000): 61-61. Full Text