Raymond C. Pitts
Dr. Raymond C. Pitts, Professor
I usually teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Learning and Behavior Analysis, Research Methods, and Behavioral Pharmacology. I particularly enjoy teaching students by providing opportunities to gain research experience in our Behavioral Pharmacology laboratory. Students doing research in our lab work on projects designed to result in conference presentations and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
My research interests fall in the general categories of Behavioral Pharmacology and Behavior Analysis. Behavioral Pharmacology is the experimental study of the effects of drugs on learning and behavior. We use the methods and theories of Behavior Analysis to characterize and understand the behavioral effects of drugs. Recently, our work has been focused on examining effects of drugs on laboratory animal models of choice and decision making. In our lab, we study effects of drugs such as methylphenidate (Ritalin®) and amphetamine (Adderall®) on “impulsive” and “risky” behavior.
Select Publications (student co-authors indicated by *)
*Maguire, D. R., *Rodewald, A. M., Hughes, C. E., & Pitts, R. C. (2009). Rapid-acquisition of preference in concurrent schedules: Effects of d-amphetamine on sensitivity to reinforcement amount. Behavioural Processes, 81, 238-243.
*Thomas, L. D., Hughes, C. E., & Pitts, R. C. (2009). Effects of d-amphetamine on behavior maintained by signaled and unsignaled delays of reinforcement. Behavioural Processes, 81, 264-269 .
*TA, W. -M., Pitts, R. C., Hughes, C. E., McLean, A. P., & Grace, R. C. (2008). Rapid acquisition of preference in concurrent chains: Effects of d-amphetamine on sensitivity to reinforcement delay. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 80, 71-91.
*Bennett, J. A., Hughes, C. E., & Pitts, R. C. (2007). Effects of methamphetamine on response rate: A microstructural analysis. Behavioural Processes, 75, 199-205.
Pitts, R. C., *Buda, D. R., Keith, J. R., Cerutti, D. T, & Galizio, M. (2006). Chlordiazepoxide and dizocilpine, but not morphine, selectively impair acquisition under a novel repeated-acquisition and performance task in rats. Psychopharmacology, 189, 135-143.
Pitts, R. C., & *McKinney, A. P. (2005). Effects of methylphenidate and morphine on delay-discount functions obtained within sessions. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 83, 297-314.
Pitts, R. C., & *Febbo, S. M. (2004). Quantitative analyses of methamphetamine’s effects on self-control choices: Implications for elucidating behavioral mechanisms of drug action. Behavioural Processes, 66, 213-233.