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WCALB | Past Program, 2014

Winter Conference on Animal Learning and Behavior
Winter Park, Colorado
February 8-12 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

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.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Keynote Address

Stanley Weiss, Chair

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

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)

Monday, February 10, 2014

4:00pm - Focus Session 2

Carl Danson, Chair

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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

Scott Cohn, Chair

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

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

Björn Brembs, Facilitator

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


WCALB Organizing Committee

Stanley Weiss, Convener & Program
Allen Neuringer
John Staddon
Michael Commons


WCALB 2014 Participants

Richard Allen
Lindsey Arbuthnot
Melinda Beane
Björn Brembs
Scott Cohn
Michael Commons
Carl Danson
Tracy Frier
Erika Foss
Regan Garden
Jeremie Jozefowiez
Morgan Katz
Peter Killeen
Bruce Mandt
Jose Neri
Lucero Neri
Allen Neuringer
Martha Neuringer
Chase Owens
Jesús Rosales-Ruiz
Russell Silguero
Douglas Smith
Stanley Weiss
Laura Will
Sean Will


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