In this book J.E.R. Staddon proposes an explanation of behavior that lies between cognitive psychology, which seeks to explain it in terms of mentalistic constructs, and cognitive neuroscience, which tries to explain it in terms of the brain. Staddon suggests a new way to understand the laws and causes of learning, based on the invention, comparison, testing, and modification or rejection of parsimonious real-time models for behavior. The models are neither physiological nor cognitive: they are behavioristic. Staddon shows how simple dynamic models can explain a surprising variety of animal and human behavior, ranging from simple orientation, reflexes, and habituation through feeding regulation, operant conditioning, spatial navigation, stimulus generalization, and interval timing.
About the Author
J. E. R. Staddon is th James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Professor of Zoology and Neurobiology at Duke University.
—Armando Machado, Department of Psychology, Indiana University, USA, and Instituto de Educação e Psicologia, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
—Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, Department of Kinesiology and Neuroscience & Cognitive Science Program, University of Maryland at College Park
—Randolph Grace, Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
—George Collier, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University