Professor Emeritus, Psychology
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office: Johns Hall 206I
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.
- Ph.D., University of Virginia
- B.A., Furman University
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.