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.

Staddon, J. "On responsibility in science and law." Social Philosophy and Policy 16.2 (June 1, 1999): 146-174.

Talton, LE, Higa, JJ, and Staddon, JER. "Interval schedule performance in the goldfish Carassius auratus." BEHAVIOURAL PROCESSES 45.1-3 (April 1999): 193-206. Full Text

Staddon, JER, Higa, JJ, and Chelaru, IM. "Time, trace, memory." JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR 71.2 (March 1999): 293-301. Full Text

Staddon, JE, and Higa, JJ. "Time and memory: towards a pacemaker-free theory of interval timing." Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 71.2 (March 1999): 215-251. (Review) Full Text

Staddon, JER. "Animal rights." SCIENCE 283.5400 (January 15, 1999): 327-327.

Dragoi, V, and Staddon, JE. "The dynamics of operant conditioning." Psychological Review 106.1 (January 1999): 20-61. Full Text

Staddon, JER, and Higa, JJ. "Time and memory: Towards a pacemaker-free theory of interval timing." Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 71 (1999): 293-301. (Academic Article)

Reid, AK, and Staddon, JER. "A dynamic route finder for the cognitive map." PSYCHOLOGICAL REVIEW 105.3 (July 1998): 585-601. Full Text

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

Higa, JJ, and Staddon, JER. "Chapter 1 Dynamic models of rapid temporal control in animals." Advances in Psychology 120.C (December 1, 1997): 1-40. Full Text