Alliston K. Reid, Ph.D.
Reeves Family Professor of
Dr. Reid came to Wofford College in 1996 after 15 years of teaching and research at Eastern Oregon University, Duke University, and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. He has won nine awards for teaching excellence in psychology and in computer science, teaching in English and in Spanish. In 2004, he was selected as Governor's Distinguished Professor for the state of South Carolina. In 2005 he was awarded the $50,000 Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science. He has obtained research grants from National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Mental Health, U.S. Forest Service, South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, Oregon State System of Higher Education, and Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología. Dr. Reid served as chairman of the psychology department at Wofford College from 1998 - 2004. Currently, he is Past-President of the Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB) (term: 2009-2012). He previously completed a three-year term as SQAB Program Chair and as special editor of Behavioural Processes, which publishes a special issue of peer-reviewed papers stemming from the SQAB conference each year. In 2010 Dr. Reid was appointed Reeves Family Professor of Psychology. Ed Reeves and his family have been exceptionally dedicated to Wofford College, and Ed's many contributions have repeatedly made him Dr. Reid's hero. In a national award ceremony in Washington DC in 2012, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education selected Dr. Reid as the 2012 South Carolina Professor of the Year for “extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching.”
Dr. Reid's research interests lie in the basic mechanisms of learning and memory across species. His research often focuses on the rules of integration of responding and environmental cues to produce adaptive patterns of behavior. His approach to these topics involves the experimental analysis of behavior with rats, pigeons, dogs, and humans, along with mathematical modeling and computer simulation of these basic processes. Students are involved in all aspects of this research and frequently are coauthors of published papers and conference presentations. You can see a selected list of these papers below.
Reid, A. K., Futch, S. E., Smith, J. M., Downs, M., Bidgood, A., Starnes, C., & Zarubin, V. (2016). Achieving autonomy in skill learning: Measuring transfer of control to the “proper” practice cues. Animal Cognition.
Reid, A. K., Futch, S. E., Ball, K. M., Knight, A. G., & Tucker, M. (2016). Assessment of progressively delayed prompts on guided skill learning in rats. Learning & Behavior. DOI 10.3758/s13420-016-0241-2
Reid, A. K., Folks, N., & Hardy, J. (2014). On the dynamics of stimulus control during guided skill learning in nonhumans. Behavioural Processes, 104, 72-83. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.01.017
Fox, A. E., Reid, A. K., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2014). Behavioral history and pigeons’ “guiding cues” performance. The Psychological Record, 64(3), 403-413. doi 10.1007/s40732-014-0060-9
Pontes, T. N. R., Scott, E. J., Cameron, K., Cart, J., & Reid, A. K. (in press). Resurgence of rule-based variability patterns. Learning & Behavior.
Reid, A. K., DeMarco, G., Smith, K., Fort, T., & Cousins, E. (2013). The influences of guiding cues on motor skill autonomy in rats. Learning & Behavior, 41, 455-463. PDF
Reid, A. K., Rapport, H. F., Le, T-A. (2013). Why don't guiding cues always guide in behavior chains? Learning & Behavior, 41, 402-413. PDF
Pilley, J. W. & Reid, A. K. (2011). Border collie comprehends object names as verbal referents. Behavioural Processes, 86, 184-195. PDF
Reid, A. K., Nill, C. A., & Getz, B. R. (2010). Changes in stimulus control during guided skill learning in rats. Behavioural Processes, 84, 511-515. PDF
Reid, A. K., Shahan, T. A., & Grace, R. C. (2009). SQAB 2008: Not just the usual suspects. Behavioural Processes, 81, 149-153. PDF
Reid, A. K. (2009). Resistance to change within heterogeneous response sequences. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35, 293-311. PDF
Reid, A. K. & Grace, R. C. (2008). Completing the circle. Behavioural Processes, 78, 117-123. PDF
Reid, A. K., Dixon, R. A., & Gray, S. (2008). Variation and selection in response structures. In N. Innis (Ed.). Reflections on Adaptive Behavior: Essays in Honor of J. E. R. Staddon (pp 51-86). MIT Press: Cambridge, MA.
Grace, R. C. & Reid, A. K. (2007). It's the non-arbitrary metrics, stupid! Behavioural Processes, 75, 91-96. PDF
Bachá-Méndez, G., Reid, A. K., & Mendoza-Soylovna, A. (2007). Resurgence of integrated behavioral units. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 87, 5-24. PDF
Bachá-Méndez, G., & Reid, A. K. (2006). Adquisición de patrones simples de respuestas.[Acquisition of simple response patterns]. Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis, 32, 155-177. PDF
Reid, R. A., & Reid, A. K. (2005). Route finding by rats in an open arena. Behavioural Processes, 68, 51-67. PDF
Reid, A. K., Chadwick, C. Z., Dunham, M. & Miller, A. (2001). The development of functional response units: The role of demarcating stimuli. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 76, 303-320. PDF
Reid, A. K., & Allen, D. L. (1998). A parsimonious alternative to the pacemaker/accumulator process in animal timing. Behavioural Processes, 44, 119-225. PDF
Reid, A. K., & Staddon, J. E. R. (1998). A dynamic route finder for the cognitive map. Psychological Review, 105, 585-601. PDF
Reid, A. K., & Staddon, J. E. R. (1997). A reader for the cognitive map. Information Sciences, 100, 217-228. PDF
Reid, A. K. (1994). Learning new response sequences. Behavioural Processes, 32, 147-162. PDF
Reid, A. K., Bachá, G., & Morán, C. (1993). The temporal organization of behavior on periodic food schedules. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 58, 1-27. PDF
Staddon, J. E. R., & Reid, A. K. (1990). On the dynamics of generalization. Psychological Review, 97, 576-578. PDF
Reid, A. K., & Staddon, J. E. R. (1990). Mechanisms of schedule entrainment (pp. 106-122). In S. J. Cooper and C. T. Dourish (Eds.) Neurobiology of Behavioural Stereotypy, London: Oxford Univ. Press. PDF
Ettinger, R. H., Reid, A. K., and Staddon, J. E. R. (1987). Sensitivity to molar feedback functions: A test of molar optimality theory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 13(4), 366-375. PDF
Staddon, J. E. R. & Reid, A. K (1987). Adaptation to reward. In A. C. Kamil, J. R. Krebs, & H. R. Pulliam (Eds.). Foraging Behavior (pp. 497-523). New York: Plenum.
Reid, A. K. and Staddon, J. E. R. (1987). Within-session meal-size effects on induced drinking. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 48(2), 289-301. PDF
Reid, A. K., Piñones, P., and Alatorre, J. (1985). Mechanisms determining the temporal distributions of adjunctive behavior on periodic water schedules. Animal Learning & Behavior, 13(3), 321-326. PDF
Reid, A. K. and Bachá, G. (1984). Cómo funciona: La investigación en el Laboratorio de Análisis Experimental de la Conducta. Información Científica Y Tecnológica, 6(88), 45-48. PDF
Reid, A. K. and Dale, R. H. I. (1983). Dynamic effects of food magnitude on interim-terminal interaction. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 39(1), 135-148. PDF
Reid, A. K. and Staddon, J. E. R. (1982). Schedule-induced drinking: Elicitation, anticipation, or behavioral interaction? Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 38(1), 1-19. PDF