Position: Associate Professor
Campus Affiliation: Queens College
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Columbia University
Training Area: Behavior Analysis
Research Interests: Human and Animal Psychology and Physics; Behavior Modification
Robert Lanson is based at Queens College and has been on the doctoral faculty of Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis (formerly Conditioning) since 1971. He has served as subprogram head on several occasions. He continues to serve on the subprogram Executive, Curriculum, and Admissions Committees. He has taught doctoral courses in Stimulus Control, Motivation and Reinforcement, and Behavioral Community Psychology and has offered seminars in animal psychophysics and behavioral ecology. Areas of interest include stimulus generalization and discrimination, including matching-to-sample and oddity-from-sample. At the undergraduate level, he initiated a course in Behavior Modification which he has taught since 1972 using the Personalized System of Instruction. Current research includes exploring conditions that determine stimulus function by means of the intruded stimulus paradigm with pigeons. Another research area of interest is the discriminability of the response-reinforcer contingency in the superstition experiment with human participants.