University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Joseph Allen

Adjunct Appointment

Joseph Allen

Joseph Allen
Adjunct Professor

Emeritus Professor of Psychology
University of Georgia
  • B.A. Hamilton College, 1961
  • M.A. Southern Illinois University, 1964
  • Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, 1967
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My research has explored 4 different areas of psychology:

  • Operant Conditioning, where I have examined the parameters affecting Adjunctive behavior in animals and humans.
  • Biomotivation, where I have studied the homeostatic and non-homeostatic regulation of food and water intake, peripheral and central nervous system control over schedule-induced behavior. More recently I have done research on frontal lobe and hippocampal control over timing behavior.
  • Human Psychophysiology & Cognition, where I have measured the VEP (P100, 300) as a window into cognitive performance.
  • Behavior Medicine, where I have used EKG, EMG, EEG, and vasopressive indices to explore physiological arousal induced by pain stress, alcohol consumption, and smoking. My recent interests carry me into the realm of pseudoscience and the paranormal, and how these areas can be exploited to develop a healthy sense of skepticism and critical thinking in students.

Representative Publications

  • Rasmusson, D.X. and Allen, J.D. (1994) Inter-target interval does not affect P300 within oddball series. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 17, 57-63.
  • Dietrich, A. Allen, J.D., & Bunnell, B.N. (1997) Is the hippocampus involved in temporal discrimination and the memory of short intervals? International Journal of Neuroscience. 90, 255-270.
  • Dietrich, A. & Allen, J.D. (1997) Vasopressin and memory: I. The vasopressin analogue AVP4-9 enhances working memory as well as reference memory in the radial maze. Behavioral Brain Research. 87, 195-200.
  • Dietrich, A. & Allen, J.D. (1998) Functional dissociation of the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus in timing behavior. Behavioral Neuroscience. 112 (5), 1043-1047.
  • Leynes, P.A., Allen, J.D., & Marsh, R.L. (1998). Topographic differences in CNV amplitude reflect different preparatory processes. International Journal of Psychophysiology. 31, 33-44.
  • Allen, J.D. & Pittenger, D. J. (2000) Statistics Tutorial: Tutorial and Computational Software for the Behavioral Sciences. (2nd ed.). New York: Wiley. (250 page book with CD tutorial for Windows 95/98).
  • Metcalf, B.R. & Allen, J.D. (1995). In search of chaos in schedule-induced polydipsia. In Abraham, F. & Gilgen, A. (Eds.) Chaos Theory in Psychology, Westport: Praeger.
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