2008: Edward J. Fantino

Dr. Edmund Fantino is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and of the Neurosciences Group at the University of California, San Diego. He is a former editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and former president of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. His research interests are in learning and motivation, especially choice, conditioned reinforcement, self-control, temporal discounting, and sources of multiple stimulus control in humans and pigeons. Currently he is interested in human reasoning, especially illogical thinking, problem solving, and observing, including the conditions under which information reinforces behavior. He has developed an economic distribution game that he hopes will permit an experimental analysis of altruism. Another major interest is problem solving and the ease with which problem-solving behavior transfers to new situations as a function of the nature of the original learning (rule-governed or contingency-shaped). He extends his interest in operant analogues to foraging behavior, including assessment of behavioral ecology theories with operant choice technology and optimal choice in humans and pigeons.


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