Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Special Event #96
SQAB Tutorial: Time, Uncertainty, and Anticipation
Saturday, May 26, 2007
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Randle AB
Area: EAB; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Ralph R. Miller (State University of New York, Birmingham)
Presenting Authors: : PETER BALSAM (Columbia University)
Abstract: Even in the simplest of conditioning procedures animals learn about temporal relationships between events, sometimes over long delays. The encoding of temporal information seems to be automatic and occurs from the very start of learning. The temporal information affects how long it takes for conditioned responses to emerge and the form and timing of the learned behavior. Formal information theory applied to temporal signals provides an accurate description of the speed with which anticipation develops. The sense of time may even be the scaffolding on which experience is encoded.
PETER BALSAM (Columbia University)
Dr. Peter Balsam received his B.S. in psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He then earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1975 in experimental psychology. Balsam is the Samuel R Milbank Professor of Psychology at Barnard College of Columbia University where he is also a former Chair of the Psychology Department and Director of Neuroscience and Behavior Program. Dr. Balsam has served on numerous editorial boards and grant panels. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also the past-president of the Eastern Psychological Association. He has published on the mechanisms of Pavlovian conditioning, new response learning, the role of learning in behavioral development, and on how time affects learning and performance.



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