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. "The dynamics of memory in animal learning." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHOLOGY 31.3-4 (1996): 5611-5611.

Delius, JD, Ameling, M, Lea, SEG, and Staddon, JER. "Reinforcement Concordance Induces and Maintains Stimulus Associations in Pigeons." The Psychological Record 45.2 (April 1995): 283-297. Full Text

Manabe, K, Kawashima, T, and Staddon, JE. "Differential vocalization in budgerigars: towards an experimental analysis of naming." Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 63.1 (January 1995): 111-126. Full Text

Staddon, JER. "Schedule combinations and choice: experiment and theory." Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis 21 (1995): 163-274. (Academic Article)

Staddon, JER. "Combinaciones de programas y elección: experimentos y teoria." Revista Mexicana de Análisis de la Conducta 21 (1995): 169-281. (Academic Article)

STADDON, JER. "AAUP AND POLITICS." ACADEME-BULLETIN OF THE AAUP 81.6 (1995): 5-5.

Staddon, JE, Davis, DG, Machado, A, and Palmer, RG. "Cumulative effects model: a response to Williams (1994)." Psychological review 101.4 (October 1994): 708-710. Full Text

STADDON, JER, DAVIS, DGS, MACHADO, A, and PALMER, RG. "CUMULATIVE EFFECTS MODEL - RESPONSE." PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW 101.4 (October 1994): 708-710.

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