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, JER, and DAVIS, DG. "LONG-TERM AND SHORT-TERM-MEMORY IN DISCRIMINATION-REVERSAL PERFORMANCE." BULLETIN OF THE PSYCHONOMIC SOCIETY 27.6 (November 1989): 509-509.
STADDON, JER, and HORNER, JM. "STOCHASTIC CHOICE MODELS - A COMPARISON BETWEEN BUSH-MOSTELLER AND A SOURCE-INDEPENDENT REWARD-FOLLOWING MODEL." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 52.1 (July 1989): 57-64. Full Text
STADDON, JER. "QUANTITATIVE-ANALYSES OF BEHAVIOR - FORAGING, VOL 6 - COMMONS,ML, KACELNIK,A, SHETTLEWORTH,SJ." CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY 34.7 (July 1989): 682-683.
Innis, NK, and Staddon, JER. "What should comparative psychology compare?." International Journal of Comparative Psychology 2 (1989): 145-156. (Academic Article)
STADDON, JER. "A RECURSIVE THEORY FOR PERFORMANCE ON REINFORCEMENT SCHEDULES." BULLETIN OF THE PSYCHONOMIC SOCIETY 26.6 (November 1988): 497-497.
WYNNE, CDL, and STADDON, JER. "TYPICAL DELAY DETERMINES WAITING TIME ON PERIODIC-FOOD SCHEDULES - STATIC AND DYNAMIC TESTS." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 50.2 (September 1988): 197-210. Full Text Open Access Copy