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WCALB | Past Program, 2016

Winter Conference on Animal Learning and Behavior
Winter Park, Colorado
January 30 - February 3, 2016

Saturday, January 30, 2016

7:30 pm Buffet Reception

Hi Country Haus Condo 2121

All sessions are in the Hi Country Haus Meeting Room. We will try to open the Meeting Room a half-hour before a session is scheduled to begin for those who want to arrive early and socialize. Five minutes is added to indicated presentation times for discussion.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

4:00pm – Keynote Address

Chair—Peter Killeen

Organismic and Environmental Influences on Delay Discounting: Evidence for a General Process

Amy L. Odum
Utah State University

Abstract-- Delay discounting is the decline in value of temporally remote outcomes and is relevant to many important health-related behavior problems. These include drug abuse, obesity and gambling. For reasons that are as yet unclear, delay discounting has been shown to vary for different types of outcomes. Delay discounting for one outcome is also related to discounting of other outcomes. This intra-personal consistency across outcomes could mean that delay discounting is a personality trait. However, there appear to be some important exceptions to this rule that could help us better understand delay discounting as a general process. Relatively recent attempts to modify delay discounting with the objective of producing therapeutic benefit will also be discussed.

Amy Odum is Professor of Psychology at Utah State University. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and has been President of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. Her research is concerned with basic behavioral phenomena such as response persistence, sensitivity to delayed outcomes, conditional discriminations, and environmental influences on drug effects. Dr. Odum’s Ph.D. is from West Virginia University where she specialized in Behavior Analysis. Her post-doctoral fellowship was at the University of Vermont’s Human Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory.

Ten-Minute Break

5:30pm-Focus Session 1

Decision Making and Factors that Influence Reinforcer Value: Research and Applications

Chair—Darlene Crone-Todd

Deconstructing human dietary decisions: Is fullness reinforcing? Jeff Brunstrom (University of Bristol) (20-min)

Cross-Commodity Discounting and Sensation Seeking in Heavy Drinkers. Brandon Oberlin (Indiana University School of Medicine) (20-min)

Alcohol Treatment Changes Delay Discounting. Mikhail Koffamus (Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (20-min)

The “Poisoned Cue” and Reinforcement Effectiveness. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz (University of North Texas) (20-min)


Monday, February 1, 2016

4:00pm -- Focus Session 2: Decision Making and Factors that Influence Reinforcer Value: Research and Applications

Chair–Scott Cohn

The Effects of Physical and Cognitive Effort Requirements in Reward Valuation. Suzanne Mitchell (Oregon Health & Science University) (20-min)

Essential Aspects of “Essential Value” in Behavioral Economic Demand: Recent Advances in Quantification. Derek D. Reed, Brent A. Kaplan (University of Kansas), Peter G. Roma, Steven R. Hursh (Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc. and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) (25 min)

Understanding Value and its Discounts in Static and Changing Schedules of Reinforcement. Michael Lamport Commons, Kyle Gramer Featherston, Timothy Heffernan, Sagun P. Giri, Robin Francis Gane-McCalla, Nicholas Miller, Leonard Sidney Miller, Alexander Pekker, Andrew Michael Richardson, Michael Woodford (Harvard Medical School) (25-min)

Conditioning Context and Selective Associations: Reversing Modality of Control Without Changing Reinforcement Contingency Operating in the Tone + Light Compound Stimulus. Stanley J. Weiss (American University) (25-min)

Fifteen-Minute Break

6:00pm -- Focus Session 2 (continued)

Chair–Scott Cohn

Theory-Driven Versus Theory-Free Modeling of Decision-Making Data. Kimberly Kirkpatrick (Kansas State University)(20-min)

Timing is Everything: Constraints, Delays, and Discounting. Darlene E. Crone-Todd (Salem State University) (20-min)

Human Choice Between Variable and Fixed Rewards in Hypothetical Discounting Procedures. Todd McKerchar (Jacksonville State University ) & Jim Mazur (Southern Connecticut State University) (20 min.)

100 Pizzas. Peter Killeen (Arizona State University) (20-min)


8:30pm--Conference Dinner at Fontanot's

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

4:00pm -- General Session

Chair=Chase Owens

Factors that Impact Acquisition and Maintenance of 3,4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) Self-Administration in Rats. Susan Schenk (Victoria University of Wellington) (15-min)

Impulsivity and Rapid Habit Learning Genetically Correlate with Free Choice Alcohol Intake. Nicholas Grahame (University Perdue University Indianapolis) (15-min)

Variable Reinforcement Produces Variable Behavior. Isabel Cunningham & Jesús Rosales-Ruiz (15-min)

Creativity: Reinforcing Variability is Not Enough. Andrew Kieta & Jesús Rosales-Ruiz (15-min)

Ten-Minute Break

5:30pm – Research Seminar Session: Decision Making and Factors that Influence Reinforcer Value: Research and Applications

Facilitator—Amy Odum

Jeff Brunstrom, Michael Commons, Darlene Crone-Todd, Peter Killeen, Kimberly Kirkpatrick, Mikhail Koffamus, Todd McKerchar, Jesús Rosales-Ruiz, and Stanley Weiss with contributions by all conference participants encouraged.

Ten-Minute Break

7:00pm – Performance Art and Profound Integration Session

Art≈Science≈Music≈Math. Peter Killeen (Arizona State University) (25-min)

Wednesday, February 4, 2016

Check out time is 10:00AM

WCALB 2016

Stanley Weiss, Convener & Program

Supporting Committee
Peter Killeen
Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

WCALB Organizing Committee

Stanley Weiss, Convener & Program
Peter Killeen
Jesús Rosales-Ruiz


WCALB 2016 Participants

Kerri Boutelle <>
Jeff Brunstrom <>
Scott Cohn <>
Michael Commons <>
Darlene E. Crone-Todd <>
Joel Cunningham <>
Isabel Cunningham <>
Erica Foss <>
Charles Frye <>
Annie Galizio <>
Regan Garden <>
Nicholas Grahame <>
Brent Kaplan <>
Andrew Kieta <>
Peter Killeen <>
Kimberly Kirkpatrick <>
Mikhail Koffamus <>
Todd McKerchar <>
Paige McKerchar <>
Suzanne Mitchell <>
Alyssa Moore <>
Lucero Neri <>
Brandon Oberlin <>
Amy Odum <>
Chase Owens <>
Courtney Paine <>
Derek Reed <>
Francisco Rios <>
Amy Roberts <>
Jesús Rosales-Ruiz <>
Susan Schenk <>
Stan Weiss <>


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