The focus of the laboratory is on the ability of human and non-human animals to learn through experience the predictive value of the stimuli (e.g., temporal, spatial, and causal) that surround them. Several goals unite pigeons, rats, and people. Finding food and willing mates, and avoiding dangerous events. Utilizing a comparative approach, in which an experimental procedure is used with more than one species, allows for a more comprehensive answer to questions regarding how we are changed by the world around us. Click Here for more details.
Investigations into the role of temporal and spatial relations in determining the nature and magnitude of behavior.
Investigations evaluating modulatory vs. configural theories of hierarchical control within a spatial-search task.
Investigations into the conditions for item-specific versus relational learning. Relational Learning being that which comes from a particular relationship but generalizes to novel stimuli.