About the author

You have reached the blog of James “Byron” Nelson, Ph.D.  I am a research psychologist studying associative learning.  My research focuses on understanding how contextual information comes to control behavior.  In particular I am most interested in how contexts come to control the ability of stimuli and events embedded within them to control behavior whether that behavior be directly observable behavior, or behavioral precursors such as  thought, emotion, or cognition, that can be inferred from overt behavior.

In the course of developing tools & strategies to answer the questions in which I am interested, I do dabble with methodology and other phenomena to establish validity within my methods.  For example, I may conduct experiments on “latent inhibition” to assess whether eye tracking can be used a convergent measure of attention.


I received a Ph.D from the University of Vermont in 1997 under the direction of Mark E. Bouton. Following that, I worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas.   Next, I worked two years at the wonderful College of Charleston in Charleston SC.   The birth of a daughter motivated the desire to be closer to family, so in my last year of eligibility, I applied for, and was awarded, a Ramon y Cajal fellowship to work at the University of the Basque Country.

Notable accomplishments (important to me at least…).

Fellow of the Eastern Psychological Association
I3 research certification
11 invited addresses, including Cambridge, Yale, York, UCLA, Southampton, & Nottingham.
1st ranking among Ramon y Cajal program candidates in Psychology, 2005
Consulting Editor for Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes (2004- 2013)
Consulting Editor for Learning & Behavior (2011-present)
Editor Nomination: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes
Guest Editor: Learning & Behavior (Section: Perceptions of Perceptual Learning)
Program Committee Chairperson: Eastern Psychological Association, 2007 & 2008, 2016 & 2017.
Teaching Excellence Award Nomination, University of Central Arkansas
Graduate teaching fellow of the Year in Psychology, University of Vermont

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