Dr. Alliston King Reid

Alliston K. Reid, Ph.D.

Reeves Family Professor of Psychology
Governor's Distinguished Professor
Past-President, Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior
Department of Psychology
Wofford College
Spartanburg, SC 29303-3663

B.S . Wofford College 1975
Ph.D.  Duke University 1981

Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Reid's Academic Tree

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.”

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

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. PDF

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