Dr. Batson, a Furman alumnus (class of ’74), has been teaching at Furman since 1982. After graduate study at the University of Virginia, he taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He has conducted research at the University of Hawaii on several occasions.

His principal research interest is the evolution of adaptive learning processes in animals. Rats and honeybees are among his favorite lab animals, though students in the PSY 323 (Animal Behavior) course also work with fish and chickens. 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.

Dr. Batson has served as project director or co-project director for five equipment grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), awards that have helped provide enriched experiences for psychology students in class laboratories and research.

Dr. Batson is a long-time member of the Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, and other conservation groups, and he is an inveterate birdwatcher.

Name Title Description

PSY-111

General Psychology

Comprehensive introduction to psychology as a behavioral science through a survey of historical, empirical, and theoretical perspectives of psychological research. Topics include: biological bases of behavior, development, learning, personality, cognition, perception, motivation, behavior disorders, and social psychology. Students must either participate in research projects or write summaries of published research articles.

PSY-201

Research Mthds & Statistics I

Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and/or humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course.

PSY-202

Research Mthds & Statistics II

Continuation of first research methods and statistics course. Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course.

PSY-323

Animal Behavior

Comparative analyses of behavior among a variety of nonhuman species. Evolutionary theory is emphasized in the study of social behavior, aggression, reproductive and parental behavior, territoriality, predator-prey relationships, and other topics. Lab projects with various species emphasize the development of adaptive behaviors.

PSY-324

Learning

Introduction to the empirical facts and theories of animal and human learning. Historical perspective provided for the development of experimental approaches to learning. Topics include classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement, learning related to emotion and motivation, generalization, and discrimination. More recent cognitive emphases also considered. A research report is an important aspect of the course.

Comparative psychology, evolutionary aspects of behavior

  • Differences in taste-potentiated odor aversions with O+/OT+ versus OT+/O+ conditioning: Implications for configural associations.Batson, J. D. Watkins, J. H., Doyle, K. Batsell, W. R. Jr., Learning & Behavior, Vol 36(4), 2008, 267-278.
  • Effects of postconditioning inflation on odor + taste compound conditioning. Batsell, W. R, Jr. Trost, C, A. Cochran, S, R. Blankenship, A, G. Batson, J, D., Learning & Behavior, Vol 31(2), 2003. 173-184.
Education
Ph.D.
University of Virginia
B.A.
Furman University

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