John E. Staddon, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus

John E. Staddon
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Office Location:  242 Soc/psych Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 493-4398
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Ph.D.Harvard University1964
B.Sc. in PsychologyUniversity College, London, England1960

Systems and Integrative Neuroscience
Social Psychology
Research Interests: Adaptive Behavior, animal learning, theoretical psychology, psychology and policy

Current projects: a parallel model for the assignment-of-credit (response-selection) problem in operant conditioning,, a simple feedback model for feeding dynamics, , a habituation-based model for memory and interval timing, , a dynamic model for successive induction in zebrafish , a simple decision model for timing and choice behavior., Book: The Malign Hand: How Private Good can make Public Bad --the dark side of the Invisible Hand, Book: Unlucky Strike: How Bad Law, Weak Science, Fear and Money have left Smokers out in the Cold

John Staddon works on evolution, biological and social, and mechanisms of learning. Recent topics are timing and memory, feeding regulation, and successive induction and the ways in which animals, people and society adapt to reward schedules in the lab and in life. Theoretical work involves both analytical and computer-simulation studies of functional and mechanistic models for behavior and economics. Current research is on the psychology, economics and system properties of financial and health markets.

Areas of Interest:

Time, memory and theory of learning
Contingencies and dynamics of financial markets
Public and private health

Postdocs Mentored

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Staddon, J.E.R. (2001). Adaptive Dynamics: The Theoretical Analysis of Behavior.. Cambridge, MA: MIT/Bradford.
  2. Staddon, J.E.R. (2001). The New Behaviorism: Mind, Mechanism and Society.. Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
  3. Staddon, J. E. R. & Cerutti, D. T. (2003). Operant behavior.. Annual Review of Psychology, 54, 115-144.  [abs]
  4. Staddon, JER (2004). Scientific imperialism and behaviorist epistemology. Behavior and Philosophy, 32(1), 231-242. [Gateway.cgi]  [abs]
  5. Staddon, JER; Higa, JJ (1999). Time and memory: Towards a pacemaker-free theory of interval timing. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 71(2), 215-251. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs] [author's comments]
  6. Staddon, JER; Chelaru, IM; Higa, JJ (2002). Habituation, memory and the brain: the dynamics of interval timing. Behavioural Processes, 57(2-3), 71-88. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]