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Allen Neuringer

MacArthur Professor of Psychology, Emeritus
Psychology Department
Division of Philosophy, Religion, Psychology, and Linguistics

Allen Neuringer obtained a B.A. from Columbia College in 1962 and Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1967. He joined the Reed faculty in 1970 where he is currently MacArthur Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, and teaches one upper-division course, Functional Variability. He previously taught courses in Learning; History of Psychology; Self-Experimentation and Self-Control; and Introductory Psychology. He has served on NSF graduate fellowship panels and on NSF and NIH research study sections. His research, which was supported by NSF and NIH, has been directed at operant variability (see Neuringer, A. [2004]. Reinforced variability in animals and people. American Psychologist, 59, 891-906; Neuringer, A. & Jensen, G. [2012] Operant variability. In G. J. Madden (Ed.) APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis, Volume 1: Methods and Principles (pp 513-546). Washington, D.C.: APA). His most recent work describes a theory of volition based upon operant variability (see Neuringer, A. & Jensen, G. [2010] Operant variability and voluntary action. Psychological Review, 117, 972-993; Neuringer, A. [2014] Operant variability and the evolution of volition. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 27, 62-81). He has also published on self-experimentation, self-control, the "Protestant ethic effect," music discrimination in pigeons, percentage reinforcement, pigeon intelligence (Hick's law), and choice under concurrent reinforcement schedules. The majority of his research and publications were collaborations with Reed students.

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