College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Bertram O. Ploog

Bertram O. Ploog

Office : Building 4S Room 105
Phone : 718.982.4082
Fax : 718.982.4114

Degrees :
Ph.D. 1991, University of California (San Diego)
M.A. 1985, University of California (San Diego)
B.A. 1980, University of California (San Diego)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst 2000

Biography / Academic Interests :
As an undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego, Bertram Ploog was mentored by George Reynolds, Edmund Fantino, and Ben Williams, who got him interested in experimental behavior analysis. In graduate school, with Laura Schreibman as his advisor, he first focused on applied behavior analysis. His Ph.D. dissertation, under Ben Williamsís guidance, was an investigation of errorless learning in pigeons (relevant for an educational setting). He spent his postdoctoral fellowship at Hunter College, in Phil Zeiglerís lab, where he learned novel techniques relevant for neuroscientific research. A current research focus is on behavioral animal models to study abnormal attention patterns in children with autism. He is also directly studying attention processes (including language) in these children. He is now affiliated with three CUNY PhD programs (Biopsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience and Learning Processes & Behavior Analysis, both in psychology, and Neuroscience in biology). He has taught primarily behavior analysis and statistics courses.

Scholarship / Publications :
Selected Publications:

Ploog, B. O. (2011). Selective attention to visual compound stimuli in Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri sciureus. Behavioural Processes, 87, 115-124.

Ploog, B. O. (2010). Stimulus Overselectivity Four Decades Later: A Review of the Literature and Its Implications for Current Research in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40, 1332-1349.

Ploog, B. O., Banerjee, S., & Brooks, P. J. (2009). Attention to prosody (intonation) and content in children with autism and in typical children using spoken sentences in a computer game. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 743-758.

Ploog, B. O. (2008). Summation and subtraction using a modified autoshaping procedure in pigeons. Behavioural Processes, 78, 259-268.

Ploog, B. O. & Kim, N. (2007). Assessment of stimulus overselectivity with tactile compound stimuli in children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 78, 1514-1524.

Ploog, B.O., & Williams, B.A. (1995). Two methods of stimulus fading applied to a simultaneous flicker rate discrimination in pigeons. Learning and Motivation, 26, 161-182.

Case, D.A., Ploog, B.O., & Fantino, E. (1990). Observing in a computer††game. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 54, 185- 199.