As an undergrad at the U. of California, San Diego, Bertram O. 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 and autism. His Ph.D. dissertation, under Ben Williams’s guidance, was an investigation of errorless learning in pigeons (relevant for an educational setting, stimulus control, and selective attention). He spent his postdoctoral fellowship at Hunter College, in Phil Zeigler’s 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. The development of a behavioral model of selective attention in dogs is in its initial phase. He is now affiliated with three CUNY Ph.D. programs/training areas (Animal Behavior & Comparative Psychology and Behavior Analysis, both in psychology, and Neuroscience in biology). He has taught primarily behavior analysis and statistics courses. He is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst, NYS-licensed behavior analyst, and NYS-licensed psychologist.


Ph.D., U. of California, San Diego

Scholarship / Publications

Ploog, B. O.; Brooks, P. J.; Scharf, A.; & Aum, S. (2014). Perception of the prosody and content of sentences in an unfamiliar language in children with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8, 775-787.

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. & 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. & Zeigler, H.P. (1997). Keypeck probability and topography in a concurrent variable-interval variable-interval schedule with food and water reinforcers. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 67, 109-129.

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.