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Research Interests for John E. Staddon

Research Interests: Adaptive Behavior, animal learning, theoretical psychology, psychology and policy

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.

Keywords:
Adult, Animals, Attention, behavioral , choice, Choice, Choice Behavior, Decision Making, dynamics, Dynamics, economics, Evolution, finance, Goldfish, health, Humans, Light, Memory, Orientation, Pigeons, policy, Problem Solving, Rats, Recall, Reflex, reflexes, Religion, Reversal Learning, Risk, Science, Self-control, Sequential analysis, systems, timing, traffic, Training, Zebrafish
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
Representative Publications   (search)
  1. Staddon, J.E.R., Adaptive Dynamics: The Theoretical Analysis of Behavior (2001), pp. xiv, 1-423, Cambridge, MA: MIT/Bradford.
  2. Staddon, J.E.R., The New Behaviorism: Mind, Mechanism and Society (2001), pp. xiii, 1-211, Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
  3. Staddon, J. E. R. & Cerutti, D. T., Operant behavior., Annual Review of Psychology, vol. 54 (2003), pp. 115-144 [abs].
  4. Staddon, JER, Scientific imperialism and behaviorist epistemology, Behavior and Philosophy, vol. 32 no. 1 (2004), pp. 231-242 [Gateway.cgi[abs].
  5. Staddon, JER; Higa, JJ, Time and memory: Towards a pacemaker-free theory of interval timing, Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, vol. 71 no. 2 (1999), pp. 215-251 [Gateway.cgi], [doi[abs] [author's comments].
  6. Staddon, JER; Chelaru, IM; Higa, JJ, Habituation, memory and the brain: the dynamics of interval timing, Behavioural Processes, vol. 57 no. 2-3 (April, 2002), pp. 71-88 [Gateway.cgi], [doi[abs].

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