Professor of Psychology
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics
Tim Hackenberg is a Professor of Psychology, with interests in behavior analysis, comparative cognition, and behavioral economics. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. from Temple University. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Minnesota, and served on the faculty at the University of Florida for 19 years prior to arriving at Reed in 2009. He teaches courses in Learning (PSY 373), Comparative Cognition (PSY 330), Research Methods in Learning & Comparative Psychology (PSY 415), and History and Systems of Psychology (PSY 392). He takes a strong comparative and evolutionary approach, trying to understand general principles of adaptive behavior that cut across species and habitats, while at the same time, appreciating the unique adaptations of a given animal in its world. Work in his lab has been funded by NIH and NSF over the years, and is concerned broadly with cross-species analysis of adaptive behavior, including decision-making (e.g., self-control, risky choice), social behavior (e.g., cooperation, reciprocity), and behavioral economics (e.g., token economies). He is also interested in the history and philosophy of science; in particular, how psychological principles can help us to understand science as a social process.