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.

Reid, A, and Staddon, JER. "A dynamic route-finder for the cognitive map." Psychological Review 105 (1998): 385-601. (Academic Article)

Gelenbe, E, Schmajuk, N, Staddon, J, and Reif, J. "Autonomous search by robots and animals: A survey." Robotics and Autonomous Systems 22.1 (November 1997): 23-34. Full Text

Reid, AK, and Staddon, JER. "A reader for the cognitive map." Information Sciences 100.1-4 (August 1997): 217-228. Full Text

Staddon, JER. "Theory and behavior analysis: Commentary on Donahoe, Palmer, and Burgos." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 67.2 (March 1997): 245-246. Full Text

Horner, JM, Staddon, JER, and Lozano, KK. "Integration of reinforcement effects over time." Animal Learning & Behavior 25.1 (March 1997): 84-98. Full Text

Manabe, K, Staddon, JER, and Cleaveland, JM. "Control of vocal repertoire by reward in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus)." Journal of Comparative Psychology 111.1 (1997): 50-62. Full Text

Staddon, JER, and Zayan, R. "Untitled." BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES 38.3 (December 1996): 203-203. Full Text

Staddon, JE, and Higa, JJ. "Multiple time scales in simple habituation." Psychological Review 103.4 (October 1996): 720-733. Full Text

Wynne, CDL, Staddon, JER, and Delius, JD. "Dynamics of waiting in pigeons." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 65.3 (May 1996): 603-618. Full Text