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
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.