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.

Zanutto, BS, and Staddon, JER. "Bang-bang control of feeding: Role of hypothalamic and satiety signals." PLOS COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY 3.5 (May 2007): 924-931. Full Text

"Born to govern [4]." Economist 382.8522 (March 31, 2007): 16-null. (Letter)

Zanutto, BS, and Staddon, JER. "Correction: Bang-Bang Control of Feeding: Role of Hypothalamic and Satiety Signals." Plos Computational Biology 3.6 (2007): e127-e127. Full Text

Staddon, J. "Did Skinner miss the point about teaching?." International Journal of Psychology 41.6 (December 2006): 555-558. Full Text Open Access Copy

Staddon, JER, and Higa, JJ. "Interval timing." Nature Reviews Neuroscience 7.8 (August 2006): 678-678. Full Text

Staddon, JER, and higa, JJ. "Interval timing." NATURE REVIEWS NEUROSCIENCE 7.8 (August 2006). Full Text

Jozefowiez, J, Cerutti, DT, and Staddon, JER. "Timescale invariance and Weber's law in choice." JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-ANIMAL BEHAVIOR PROCESSES 32.3 (July 2006): 229-238. Full Text

Staddon, JE. "Interval timing: memory, not a clock." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 9.7 (July 2005): 312-314. (Review) Full Text

Ludvig, EA, and Staddon, JER. "The effects of interval duration on temporal tracking and alternation learning." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 83.3 (May 2005): 243-262. Full Text


Staddon, JER. "Is Animal Learning Optimal?.": Springer US,. Full Text

Cerutti, DT, Chelaru, IM, and Staddon, JER. "Detecting minelike targets: synergistic effects of correlated and uncorrelated sensor channels." Aerospace/Defense Sensing, Simulation, and Controls.: SPIE, October 18, 2001. Full Text