I was born and raised in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. I earned a BS and a MA in psychology from Western Michigan University and a PhD in psychology (with a specialization in Behavior Analysis) from West Virginia University before coming to St. Lawrence. My research focuses broadly on the experimental analysis of human and non-human behavior. I use quantitative methods and laboratory models to study the variables that control behavior in our complex world. Recently in my lab, we've been investigating learning and behavior in rat models of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For example, in collaboration with Dr. Bill DeCoteau we've been investigating the potential therapeutic effects of cerium oxide nanoparticles to protect against behavioral deficits in the valproic acid (VPA) rat model of ASD. I am also interested in using behavior analytic principles to improve the relationships humans have with domesticated animals (applied animal behavior research). For example, we recently published Devon Belding's ('14) senior honors thesis on reducing repetitive pawing behavior in horses. I am an avid runner and enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and our two dogs. I also play bass guitar and am particularly fond of blues music.
Fox, A. E., & Belding, D. L. (2015). Reducing pawing in horses using positive reinforcement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 936-940. (This research was recently featured in The Horse magazine and in EQUUS magazine.)
Fox, A. E., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2015). Timing in response-initiated fixed intervals. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 103, 375-392.
Fox, A. E., Reid, A. K., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2014). Behavioral history and pigeons’ “guiding cues” performance. The Psychological Record, 64, 403-413.
Fox, A. E., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2014). Choice and timing in pigeons under differing levels of food deprivation. Behavioural Processes, 106, 82-90.
Fox, A. E., & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2013). Pigeon responding on fixed-interval and response-initiated fixed-interval schedules of reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior,100, 187-197.
Fox, A. E., & Pietras, C. J. (2013). The effects of response-cost punishment on instructional control during a choice task. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 99, 346-361.
Fox, A. E., Prue, K. & Kyonka, E. G. E. (2015, May). Human and pigeon timing in a fixed-interval free-operant psychophysical choice procedure. In S. Subramaniam (chair), On the Generality of Interval Timing Processes. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, TX.
Fox, A. E., & Singha, D. (2015, March). Effects of prefeeding on timing in a fixed-interval temporal bisection task. In A. E. Fox (chair), Motivation. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Belding, D. L., & Fox, A. E.* (2015, May). Differential reinforcement of other behavior to reduce pawing in horses. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, TX. (*presenting author)
Singha, D., & Fox, A. E. (2015, March). Temporal processing in the spontaneously hypertensive rat model of ADHD. Poster presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Haskell, M. M., Caramia, S. R., & Fox, A. E. (2015, March). Response-sequence learning and maintenance in spontaneously hypertensive and Wistar Kyoto rats. Poster presented at the meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.
To find out more about recent and past research, you can visit my Researchgate webpage.
Updated: August, 2015
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Psychology 101: Introduction to Psychology
- Psychology 205: Research Methods with Laboratory
- Psychology 401: Learning with Laboratory