Indiana University Bloomington

Neuroscience
Neuroscience
William D. Timberlake

William D. Timberlake, Emeritus

B.A., Pomona College, 1964
M.A., University of Michigan, 1967
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1969

Email address: timberla(at)indiana.edu

Research Interests

Dr. Timberlake studies learning and behavior within a general framework of behavior systems that calls attention to overall functional organization and evolutionary history as well as local mechanisms of processing and regulation. Dr. Timberlake's long-term goal is an approach sufficiently general to apply across species and sufficiently specific to make contact with the evolution and genetic makeup of particular species and individuals. Specific research topics include patterns of regulation in feeding and drinking, circadian and ultradian behavioral rhythms, time horizons in foraging, the interaction of conditioning and regulatory processes in feeding, Pavlovian conditioning as a tool for investigating the structures and processes underlying the appetitive-consummatory dimension of behavior, backward conditioning and system differences in learning and regulation. For reasons of history and convenience, most current work involves rats and pigeons.

Representative Publications

White, W. and Timberlake, W. (1999). Meal-engendered circadian ensuing activity in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 65: 625-642.

Hoffman, C.M., Timberlake, W., Leffel, J., and Gont, R. (1999). How is radial-arm maze behavior related to locomotor search tactics? Animal Learning and Behavior, 27: 426-444.

Timberlake, W. (1999). Biological behaviorism. In: O'Donohue, W. and Kitchener, R. (Eds.), Handbook of Behaviorism. San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 243-284.

Silva, F.J. and Timberlake, W. (2000). A clarification of the nature of backward excitatory conditioning. Learning and Motivation, 31: 67-80.

Pecoraro N., Kosobud, A.E., Rebec, G.V., and Timberlake, W. (2000). Long Tau methamphetamine schedules produce circadian ensuing drug activity in rats. Physiology and Behavior, 70: 1-12.

Tinsley, M.R., Rebec, G.V., and Timberlake, W. (2000). Facilitation of preparatory behavior in an artificial prey paradigm by D1 dopamine receptor activation. Behavioural Brain Research, 114: 23-30.

Timberlake, W. (2001). Integrating niche-related and general process approaches in the study of learning. Behavioural Processes, 54: 79-94.

Timberlake, W. (2001). Constructing animal cognition. In: Allen, C., Bekoff, M., and Burghardt, G. (Eds.), The Cognitive Animal. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Tinsley, M.R., Rebec, G.V., and Timberlake, W. (2001). Facilitation of efficient search of an unbaited radial-arm maze in rats by D1, but not D2, dopamine receptors. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 70: 1-6.

Tinsley, M.R., Rebec, G.V., and Timberlake, W. (2001). Facilitation of preparatory behavior in an artificial prey paradigm by D1 dopamine receptor activation. Behavioural Brain Research, 70: 181-186.

Timberlake, W. and Hoffman, C. (2002). How does the ecological foraging behavior of desert kangaroo rats (Dipodomys deserti) relate to their behavior on radial mazes? Learning & Behavior, 30: 342-354.

Timberlake, W. (2002). Niche-related learning in laboratory paradigms: The case of maze behavior in Norway rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 134: 355-374.

Timberlake, W. (2003). Review article: Talking with Alex. Semiotica, 146: 439-471.

Timberlake, W. (2003). Is the operant contingency enough for a science of purposive behavior? Behavior and Philosophy, 31: 1-33.