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Emeritus Professor

Mail Code 1104 Psychology Dept
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Professor Emeritage, Department of Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences



Ph.D., Harvard University, 1969

Research Interests

How do we learn? How do we forget? What motivates us? How do we understand anomalies of motivation, such as tobacco addiction? How do we maintain attention, and why is it hard for some people, such as those diagnosed with ADHD, to do so? How do we perceive the passage of time? How do we discount delayed or probabilistic goods? What is information, and how do we use it? What is a scientific explanation; what must it include, what must it omit? How may we undergird scientific inference with better techniques than NHST? In general, how do we find a resonance between models and data; and how do we tune our theories to amplify that resonance? 


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Research Interests

Latest interests:  Why do we discount the future hyperbolically?

Why is tobacco addictive, but nicotine not? 

What are adjunctive behaviors?

Is all cognition embodied?

What is Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder?

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Killeen, Peter. An Additive Utility model of Delay Discounting. Psychological Review (2009).

  2. Federico Sanabria, Peter Killeen. Evidence for impulsivity in the Spontaneously Hypertensive Rat drawn from complementary response-withholding tasks.. Behavioral and Brain Functions (2008).

  3. Peter Killeen, D Posadas-Sanchez, E Johansen, E Thraikill. Progressive ratio schedules of reinforcement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes (2008).

  4. Peter Killeen, F. Sanabria, J. Acosta, P. Killeen, J. Neisewander, L. Bizo. Modeling the effects of fluoxetine on food-reinforced behavior. Behavioural Pharmacology (2008).

  5. E Johansen, Peter Killeen, Peter Killeen, Terje Sagvolden. Behavioral variability, elimination of responses, and delay-of-reinforcement gradients in SHR and WKY rats.. Behavioral and Brain Functions (2007).

  6. F Sanabria, Peter Killeen. Temporal generalization gradients account for response resurgence in the peak procedure. Behavioural Processes (2007).

  7. Peter Killeen, F Sanabria. Better Statistics for Better Decisions Rejecting Hypotheses Statistical Tests in Favor of Replication Statistics. Psychology in Schools (2007).

  8. Book chapter: Killeen, Peter R (Author) . Replication Statistics. Best practices in quantitative methods. Sage (2007).

  9. D Posadas-Sanchez, Peter Killeen. Does satiation close the open economy?. Learning & Behavior (2006).

  10. F Sanabria, M Sitomer, Peter Killeen. Negative automaintenance omission training is effective. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (2006).

  11. J Kleen, Peter Killeen, C Conrad. Chronic stress impairs spatial memory and motivation for reward. Behavioral Neuroscience (2006).

  12. L Bizo, J Chu, F Sanabria, Peter Killeen. The failure of Weber's law in time perception and production. Behavioural Processes (2006).

  13. Peter Killeen. Beyond statistical inference: A decision theory for science. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2006).

  14. Peter Killeen. The problem with Bayes. Psychological Science (2006).

  15. V Russell, R Oades, R Tannock, Peter Killeen, J Auerbach, E Johansen, T Sagvolden. Response variability in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: a neuronal and glial energetics hypothesis. Behavioral and Brain Functions (2006).

  16. Peter Killeen. An alternative to hypothesis significance tests. Psychological Science (2005).

  17. Peter Killeen. Gradus ad Parnassum: Ascending strength gradients or descending memory traces?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2005).

  18. Peter Killeen. Greek mind / Geek mind. The roles of Chaos, Complementarity & Conscious in ADHD. Convergence: Interdisciplinary Communications (2005).

  19. Peter Killeen. Replicability, confidence and priors. Psychological Science (2005).

  20. Peter Killeen. Tea-tests. The General Psychologist (2005).

  21. Peter Killeen. Minding Behavior. Behavioural Processes (2004).

  22. Peter Killeen. The Yins S Yangs of Science. Behavior and Philosophy (2004).

  23. Peter Killeen, T Taylor. Symmetric receiver operating characteristics. Journal of Mathematical Psychology (2004).

  24. R Gorelick, S Bertram, Peter Killeen, J Fewell. Normalized mutual entropy in biology: quantifying division of labor. The American Naturalist (2004).

  25. Peter Killeen. Complex dynamic processes in sign-tracking. J. Experimental Psychol: Animal Behavior Processes (2003).

  26. Peter Killeen, M Nash. The four causes of hypnosis. The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (2003).

  27. Peter Killeen, M Sitomer. MPR. Behavioural Processes (2003).

  28. Edited book: Killeen, Peter R, Machado, A M. Theories in Progress. Elsevier (2003).

  29. Peter Killeen. Scalar counters. Learning & Motivation (2002).

  30. Peter Killeen, S Hall, M Reilly, L Kettle. Molecular analysis of the principal components of response rate. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (2002).

  31. Looking Ahead: 21st Century Quantitative Analysis of Behavior. Behavioural Processes (2002).

  32. L Bizo, L Kettle, Peter Killeen. Animals don't always respond faster for more food: The paradoxical incentive effect. Animal Learning & Behavior (2001).

  33. Peter Killeen. The four causes of behavior. Current Directions in Psychological Science (2001).

  34. Peter Killeen. Writing and overwriting short-term memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (2001).

  35. Peter Killeen, S Hall. The principal components of response strength. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (2001).

  36. Killeen, Peter. Outing inner Fechner. Pabst Science Publishers (2001).

  37. The Longer View: 20th Century Quantitative Analysis of Behavior. Behavioural Processes (2001).

  38. Peter Killeen, T Taylor. How the propagation of error through stochastic counters affects time discrimination and other psychophysical judgments. Psychological Review (2000).

  39. Peter Killeen, T Taylor. Stochastic adding machines. Nonlinearity (2000).

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  1. Killeen, Peter A Decision Theory for Science. Colloquium. (Mar 2006).
  2. Killeen, Peter Mining Plato's Cave: Psychophysical Epistemology. 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Psychology Dept @ U. Stockholm. (Jun 2003).
  3. Killeen, Peter Greek Mind, Geek Mind: Chaos, Complementarity, Consciousness. American Psychological Association McGuigan Lecture.
  4. Killeen, Peter Mathematical Principles of Reinforcement. NIDA Symposium.
  5. Killeen, Peter Reject the Null Hypothesis.
  6. Killeen, Peter The Epistemology of ADHD.
  7. Killeen, Peter Continual Reconditioning.
  8. Killeen, Peter Dynamic systems and learning theory. NSF Workshop.
  9. Killeen, Peter Retroduction ± e: Parsimony, Goodness of Fit, & Validity Generalization. Workshp Model Comparison.
  10. Killeen, Peter Keynote address: The 3 M's of analysis: Minding modeling and mending our data. Conference on Animal Learning & Behavior.
  11. Killeen, Peter Maximum Entropy Psychophysics.
  12. Killeen, Peter Minding Behavior.
  13. Killeen, Peter The 4 causes of hypnotism. Tennessee Conference on Hypnotism.
  14. Killeen, Peter The Law of Affect. South American Psychological Association.

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  1. Brain & Behavioral Functions, Editorial Board (2004 - present)
  2. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Review, Editorial Board (2004 - present)
  3. Psychological Review, Board of Editors (2003 - 2008)
  4. McGuigan Fellowship, Selection Committee (2007)
  5. Faculty Mentoring, Mentor (2005 - 2007)
  6. Appointments committee, Member (2006 - 2007)
  7. Personnel and Tenure Review Coordinator, Chair (2006 - 2007)
  8. Math & Cognition Seminar, Director (2006)
  9. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Consulting Editor (2005 - 2006)
  10. Behavioural Processes, Editorial Board (2000 - 2005)
  11. Planning, Member (ended 2003)
  12. Departmental Development Committee, Member (1999 - 2002)
  13. Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Editorial Board (1999 - 2002)

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