This classic edition of the Handbook of Operant Behavior presents seminal work in the field of learning and behavior, foreshadowing a new direction for learning research, and presenting many questions that remain unanswered.
Featuring impressive contributions from leading figures across the field—ranging from N. J. Mackintosh from what was to become the cognitive school through Morse, Kelleher, Hutchinson, and Hineline on the neglected topic of aversive control to Blough and Blough on psychophysics to Philip Teitelbaum on behavioral physiology—the book is a must-read for anyone interested in human and animal learning.
In a newly written introduction, J. E. R. Staddon highlights several issues that deserve more attention: how language is learned and syntax evolves, how animals choose, and a new paradigm for the study of learning in general. The book is essential reading for all students and researchers of learning and behavior, and aims to encourage researchers to revisit some of the fascinating behavioral questions raised by the original book.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Classic Edition Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction Werner K Honig and J. E. R. Staddon 1. Levels of Integration of the Operant Philip Teitelbaum 2. The Operant Revisited George Collier, Edward Hirsch, and Robin Kanarek 3. Pavlovian Control of Operant Behavior Barry Schwartz and Elkan Gamzu 4. The Nature of Reinforcing Stimuli Philip Dunham 5. Schedule-Induced Behavior J. E. R. Staddon 6. Thermoregulatory Behavior Evelyn Satinoff and Robert Hendersen 7. Determinants of Reinforcement and Punishment W. H. Morse and R. T. Kelleher 8. Schedules of Reinforcement: The Controlling Variables Michael Zeiler 9. Choice in Concurrent Schedules and a Quantitative Formulation of the Law of Effect Peter de Villiers 10. Conditioned Reinforcement: Schedule Effects Lewis Gollub 11. Conditioned Reinforcement: Choice and Information Edmund Fantino 12. Conditioned Suppression and the Effects of Classical Conditioning on Operant Behavior Derek Blackman 13. Negative Reinforcement and Avoidance Philip N. Hineline 14. By-Products of Aversive Control R. R. Hutchinson 15. Stimulus Control and Inhibitory Processes Mark Rilling 16. Stimulus Control: Attentional Factors N. J. Mackintosh 17. Animal Psychophysics Donald Blough and Patricia Blough 18. Operant Behavioral Pharmacology Travis Thompson and John J. Boren 19. Central Reinforcement: A Bridge Between Brain Function and Behavior Gordon Mogenson and Jan Cioé 20. The Experimental Production of Altered Psychological States: Concurrent and Contingent Behavioral Models Joseph Brady and Alan Harris 21. Procedures for the Acquisition of Syntax George Robinson 22. Toward a Coherent Psychology of Language Evalyn Segal Author Index Subject Index
J. E. R. Staddon is James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biology Emeritus at Duke University. He has done research at Oxford University, the University of São Paulo, the University of Mexico, the Ruhr Universität, Universität Konstanz, and the University of Western Australia. He was profiled in the Wall Street Journal in January 2021 as commentator on the current problems of science.