John D. Batson
Dr.Batson, a Furman alumnus (class of ’74), has been teaching at Furmansince 1982. After graduate study at the University of Virginia, hetaught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He has conductedresearch at the University of Hawaii on several occasions.
His principal researchinterest is the evolution of adaptive learning processes in animals.Rats and honeybees are among his favorite lab animals, though studentsin the PSY 323 course (Animal Behavior) also work with fish andchickens. Some of his research has been published in Animal Learning & Behavior, Learning and Motivation, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes,
and the Journal of Comparative Psychology.
Hehas served as project director or co-project director for fiveequipment grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), awardsthat have helped provide enriched experiences for psychology studentsin class laboratories and research.
Dr. Batsonis a long-time member of the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, and otherconservation groups, and he is also an inveterate birdwatcher.
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