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The Winter Conference is a friendly and informal meeting that provides an opportunity to combine intensive, scientifically rigorous discussions on a variety of topics related to animal conditioning, behavior and learning with skiing at one of Colorado's premier ski areas, Winter Park. The breadth of WCALB paper sessions that reflect the research interests of participants can be seen in recent programs posted on the website. All participants are invited to make a presentation and suggest topics. Graduate students are welcome, and can make a presentation with the written recommendation of their advisor.

There is downhill skiing for all skill levels, up to black diamond, as well as exciting cross-country skiing in the Arapaho National Forest, Devil's Thumb and Snow Mountain Ranch. The majestic snow-covered Rockies in winter are breathtaking.



Winter Conference on Animal Learning

and Behavior


Winter Park, Colorado

February 8 - February 12, 2013


Saturday, February 8, 2013


7:30pm -- Buffet Reception

           Snowblaze Building B - Unit 34


All sessions are in the Conference Room on the second floor of Snowblaze, main building. We will try to open the Conference Room a half-hour before a session is scheduled to begin for those who want to arrive early and socialize. If it isn’t open, there is a “commons” area nearby. Five minutes is added to indicated presentation times for discussion.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014*

4:00pm – Keynote Address

Chair- Stanley Weiss


Pavlovian and Skinnerian Processes are

 Genetically Separable


Björn Brembs

                               Universität Regensburg


Abstract--The commonalities and differences between operant and classical conditioning have been debated ever since Skinner and Konorski embarked on their epic exchange about "two types of conditioned reflex and a pseudo type" in the 1930s. New techniques that surmount experimental design problems identified in early research allow for a much improved separation of the two types of conditioning. These technical advances, combined with modern genetic manipulations, provide evidence that Pavlovian and Skinnerian processes separate not between the learning procedure (operant vs. classical), but between learning content (self vs. non-self). The picture emerging today reinforces Skinner's early insight that operant conditioning is a composite situation, comprised of a 'Pavlovian' component (learning about stimuli - 'world-learning') and a 'Skinnerian' component (learning about the consequences of actions - 'self-learning'). A research program that distinguished these processes genetically is described.



Björn Brembs is Professor of Neurogenetics at Universität Regensburg. He obtained his doctorate in genetics and neurobiology from Universität Würzburg and has done post-doctoral research at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center. Thematically, Dr. Brembs’ research concerns the general organization of behavior with regards to reward and punishment with the objective of better understanding how brains accomplish adaptive behavioral choice. See http://brembs.net/about.html.

Ten-Minute Break



Sunday, February 8, 2014*


6:00pm-Focus Session-1


Operant/Classical Conditioning: Comparisons and Interactions


Comparison of Pavlovian and Operant Processes at the Behavioral and Neurological Levels.  Jeremie Jozefowiez (Université Lille Nord de France) 25-min.


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Monday, February 4, 2013*


4:00pm -- Focus Session-2

Chair-Carl Danson


Operant/Classical Conditioning: Comparisons and Interactions


Ten-thousand trials of Pavlov, Skinner, and Nevin.Peter Killeen (Arizona State University) 25-min.


The Voluntary Operant.  Allen Neuringer (Reed College) 25-min.


The Instrumentally Derived Incentive-Motivational Function.Stanley J. Weiss (American University) 25-min.


Ten-Minute Break


Accounting for Operant Learning With Three Procedural Steps of Very Different Respondent Conditioning Using the Model of Hierarchical Complexity. Michael Lamport Commons (Harvard Medical School) & Sagun P. Giri (Dare Institute) 25-min.


Conditioning Reinforcers: A Pavlovian or an Operant Learning Process?Jesús Rosales-Ruiz (University of North Texas) 25-min.





8:15pm--Conference Dinner at Fontanot's




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Tuesday, February 5, 2013


4:00pm –Fear, Aggression, Resurgence plus Behavioral Pharmacology

Chair-Scott Cohn


Research on Fear and Aggression in Dogs.  Jesús Rosales-Ruiz (University of North Texas) 20-min.


Conditioned dopamine release scales with cocaine dose during Pavlovian conditioning.Bruce Mandt (University of Colorado-Denver) 15-min.


How real-time dopamine concentrations in the nucleus accumbens change in relationship to the temporal response pattern engendered by a fixed-interval schedule of reinforcement.  Eric B. Oleson (University of Colorado-Denver) 15-min.


Investigating Resurgence in Humans Through a Table-Top Game.  Erica Foss (University of North Texas) 15-min.



Ten-Minute Break


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5:35pm – Research Seminar Session: Operant/Classical Conditioning: Comparisons and Interactions

           Björn Brembs, Facilitator


Michael Commons, Jeremie Jozefowiez, Peter Killeen, Allen Neuringer, Jesús Rosales-Ruiz and Stanley Weiss with contributions by all conference participants encouraged.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 -- Check out time is 10am



WCALB 2014


Stanley Weiss, Convener & Program

           Supporting Committee

                      Allen Neuringer

                      John Staddon

                      Michael Commons



WCALB 2014 Participants (over)



WCALB 2014 Participants



Richard Allen <Richard.Allen@ucdenver.edu>

Lindsey Arbuthnot <toledoland@yahoo.com>

Melinda Beane <BeaneM@lanecc.edu>

Björn Brembs < bjoern@brembs.net>

Scott Cohn <scohn@western.edu>

Michael Commons < commons@tiac.net>

Carl Danson <cedanson@ix.netcom.com>

Tracy Frier <tracyfrier@unt.edu>

Erika Foss <ericakfoss@gmail.com>

Regan Garden <regan.garden@gmail.com>

Jeremie Jozefowiez <freedomfrog62@gmail.com >

Morgan Katz <mlkatz.143@gmail.com>

Peter Killeen <killeen@asu.edu>

Bruce Mandt <Bruce.Mandt@ucdenver.edu>

Jose Neri <joseneri2009@yahoo.com>

Lucero Neri <luceroneri2007@yahoo.com>

Allen Neuringer < aneuring@reed.edu>

Martha Neuringer <neuringe@ohsu.edu>


Chase Owens <cbptraining@aol.com>

Jesús Rosales-Ruiz <">Jesus.Rosales-Ruiz@unt.edu>

Russell Silguero <Russellsilguero@gmail.com>

Douglas Smith <toledoland2@yahoo.com>

Stanley Weiss <sweiss@american.edu>

Laura Will <lab00@sbcglobal.net>

Sean Will <sean@givethemlove.com>


Recent WCALB Focus sessions have been concerned with:

• Pharmacological Hist. & the Control & Expression of Learning & Behav. (2013)
• Theory of Mind: Current Status of the Controversy (2012)
• Bi-directional Links Between Obesity & Learning & Memory Dysfunction (2011)
• Rational Rats: Causal Inference and Reality Monitoring (2010)
• Economic Demand, Reinforcer Essential Value and Drug Addiction (2009)
• Remembering and Anticipating Events in Time (2008)
• Modeling Data: From Description & Significance to Behavior & Theories (2007)
• The Question of Animal Consciousness and Cognition (2006)
• Choice in Humans and other Animals (2005)
• Associative Mechanisms and Drug-Related Behavior (2004)
• Learning, Choice and Context Effects (2003).

The 2004 & 2010 Focus Sessions were published as Special Issues of the International Journal of Comparative Psychology.


Winter Conference on Animal Learning & Behavior 

Winter Park, Colorado 

February 8 to February 12, 2014

Stan Weiss (Convener)