Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Special Event #53
SQAB Tutorial: A,B&L Revisited: Whither Adaptive Behavior and Learning?
Saturday, May 23, 2015
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
103AB (CC)
Area: EAB; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: David C. Palmer (Smith College)
Presenting Authors: : JOHN E. R. STADDON (Duke University)

The talk is a walk through a list of topics that came up as Dr. John Staddon revised a 30-year-old book on adaptive behavior and learning. What has changed and what has not? What endures and what principles can we now rely on?

JOHN E. R. STADDON (Duke University)
John Staddon is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Biology and Neurobiology, Emeritus, at Duke University. He earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at Harvard University and also did research at the MIT Systems Lab and taught at the University of Toronto. He has done research at Oxford University (UK), the University of São Paulo at Riberão Preto, the University of Mexico, the Ruhr Universität, Universität Konstanz, the University of Western Australia and the University of York (UK). He is a past editor of the journals Behavioural Processes and Behavior and Philosophy and a fellow of several scientific organizations. His research is on the evolution and mechanisms of learning in humans and animals and the history and philosophy of psychology and biology. His laboratory has studied interval timing in several animal species, and choice behavior in human beings. Recent theoretical work includes papers on operant conditioning, memory, timing, and psychobiological aspects of ethical and economic philosophy. He has written and lectured on public-policy issues such as education and evolution, traffic control, smoking, and the effects of social and biological processes on financial markets. He is the author of more than 200 research papers and several books, including The New Behaviorism, Second Edition (Psychology Press, 2014); Adaptive Dynamics: The Theoretical Analysis of Behavior, (MIT/Bradford, 2001); The Malign Hand of the Markets (McGraw-Hill, 2012); Unlucky Strike: The Science, Law and Politics of Smoking (University of Buckingham Press, 2014); and Adaptive Behavior and Learning, Second Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Keyword(s): adaptive, classical, evolution, operant



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