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Matthew Locey

Assistant Professor


Matt Locey received his doctoral degree from the University of Florida in 2008, where he specialized in the experimental analysis of behavior and behavioral pharmacology (with Jesse Dallery). He was a postdoctoral research associate in behavioral economics at Stony Brook University (with Howard Rachlin) until 2012.

Dr. Locey's research program focuses on examining the basic behavioral processes underlying the acquisition of behavior and seemingly irrational choices, in both rats and humans. With the former, he is currently exploring how to maximize the efficiency of skill acquisition with multiple skills. With the latter, he is exploring environmental factors that influence risky, impulsive and altruistic choice.

Research Interests

  • Altruism
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Behavioral economics
  • Behavioral pharmacology
  • Conditioned reinforcement
  • Cooperation
  • Discounting (delay, magnitude, probability, social, etc.)
  • Experimental analysis of behavior
  • Foraging
  • Impulsive choice
  • Quantitative models of choice
  • Risky choice
  • Self-control


  • PSY 419: Conditioning and Learning
  • PSY 472/711: Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • PSY 723: Applied Research Methods
  • PSY 749: Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior


  • Ph.D. in Psychology, University of Florida, 2008
  • M.S. in Psychology, University of Florida, 2005
  • B.A. in Philosophy, University of Florida, 1996
  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Florida, 1996

Class Materials

Psychology 472: Experimental Analysis of Behavior