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Timothy Shahan Lab



The Shahan lab focuses on quantitative analyses of conditioning and learning. The lab regularly uses operant and Pavlovian conditioning procedures with rats and pigeons, including drug and alcohol self-administration procedures. Common topics of investigation are behavioral momentum theory, relapse of extinguished behavior (resurgence, reinstatement, renewal), conditioned reinforcement, and attention. Funding for research in the lab comes from projects examining the implications of quantitative theories of conditioning for problems of human health including drug and alcohol abuse and developmental disabilities.