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Emeritus Professor K Geoffrey White

Geoff White

Email kgwhite@psy.otago.ac.nz
Tel 64 3 479 7629

Emeritus Professor White was Head of the Psychology Department at Otago University for 10 years from 1987, and for 5 years from 2004 was the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). He joined the Otago Psychology Department in 1985, having spent 13 years lecturing at the Victoria University of Wellington and in visiting appointments at Colorado College, University of Colorado, Boulder, and University of California, San Diego. He has been President of the New Zealand Psychological Society and for many years was a member of the New Zealand Psychologists’ Registration Board. He edited the New Zealand Journal of Psychology and has been Associate Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

He has been the recipient of the New Zealand Psychological Society’s Hunter Award and Adcock Award, and in 2000 with John Wixted was the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s George A Miller Award. He is a Fellow of several national and international organisations, including the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has successfully supervised over 20 PhD students and many Master's students, and in 2003 was the University’s inaugural supervisor of the year. In 2009 he was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science and psychology.

Research Interests

Memory, discrimination, and learning

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Publications

White, K. G. (2018). Direct remembering, mediated remembering, and atypical forgetting functions. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 109(1), 70-86. doi: 10.1002/jeab.298

Magalhães, P., & White, K. G. (2016). The sunk cost effect across species: A review of persistence in a course of action due to prior investment. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 105(3), 339-361. doi: 10.1002/jeab.202

Cowie, S., Bizo, L. A., & White, K. G. (2016). Reinforcer distributions affect timing in the free-operant psychophysical choice procedure. Learning & Motivation, 53, 24-35. doi: 10.1016/j.lmot.2015.10.003

White, K. G., & Sargisson, R. J. (2015). A delay-specific differential outcomes effect in delayed matching to sample. Learning & Behavior, 43(3), 217-227. doi: 10.3758/s13420-015-0174-1

White, K. G., & Magalhães, P. (2015). The sunk cost effect in pigeons and people: A case of within-trials contrast? Behavioural Processes, 112, 22-28. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.09.035

Chapter in Book - Research

White, K. G. (2013). Remembering and forgetting. In G. J. Madden, W. V. Dube, T. D. Hackenberg, G. P. Hanley & K. A. Lattal (Eds.), APA handbook of behavior analysis (Vol. 1 Methods and principles). (pp. 411-437). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi: 10.1037/13937-018

White, K. G. (2006). Impact of the Performance-Based Research Fund on staffing in Tertiary Education Institutions. In L. Bakker, J. Boston, L. Campbell & R. Smyth (Eds.), Evaluating the Performance-Based Research Fund: Framing the debate. (pp. 337-346). Wellington, New Zealand: Institute of Policy Studies.

Walker, F. A., White, K. G., Beekhuis, M., & Symonds, A. (1997). The Psychologists Act (1981): Implications for registered psychologists. In H. Love & W. Whittaker (Eds.), Practical Issues for Clinical and Applied Psychologists in New Zealand. (pp. 408-417). Wellington: The New Zealand Psychological Society.

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Journal - Research Article

White, K. G. (2018). Direct remembering, mediated remembering, and atypical forgetting functions. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 109(1), 70-86. doi: 10.1002/jeab.298

Magalhães, P., & White, K. G. (2016). The sunk cost effect across species: A review of persistence in a course of action due to prior investment. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 105(3), 339-361. doi: 10.1002/jeab.202

Cowie, S., Bizo, L. A., & White, K. G. (2016). Reinforcer distributions affect timing in the free-operant psychophysical choice procedure. Learning & Motivation, 53, 24-35. doi: 10.1016/j.lmot.2015.10.003

White, K. G., & Sargisson, R. J. (2015). A delay-specific differential outcomes effect in delayed matching to sample. Learning & Behavior, 43(3), 217-227. doi: 10.3758/s13420-015-0174-1

White, K. G., & Magalhães, P. (2015). The sunk cost effect in pigeons and people: A case of within-trials contrast? Behavioural Processes, 112, 22-28. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.09.035

Magalhães, P., & White, K. G. (2014). A good time to leave?: The sunk time effect in pigeons. Behavioural Processes, 105, 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.02.010

Magalhães, P., & White, K. G. (2014). Persistence in extinction: The sunk time effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning & Cognition, 40(1), 38-54. doi: 10.1037/xan0000009

Magalhães, P., & White, K. G. (2014). The effect of a prior investment on choice: The sunk cost effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning & Cognition, 40(1), 22-37. doi: 10.1037/xan0000007

Calder, A., & White, K. G. (2014). In search of consolidation of short-term memory in nonhuman animals. Learning & Behavior, 42(1), 83-92. doi: 10.3758/s13420-013-0127-5

White, K. G., & Millar, J. G. (2014). Attentuation of the differential outcomes effect by extraneous reward. Behavioural Processes, 108, 7-10. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2014.08.028

Magalhães, P., & White, K. G. (2013). Sunk cost and work ethic effects reflect suboptimal choice between different work requirements. Behavioural Processes, 94, 55-59. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2012.12.003

Beeby, E., & White, K. G. (2013). Preference reversal between impulsive and self-control choice. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 99(3), 260-276. doi: 10.1002/jeab.23

Kinloch, J. M., & White, K. G. (2013). A concurrent-choice analysis of amount-dependent temporal discounting. Behavioural Processes, 97, 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2013.03.007

Magalhães, P., White, K. G., Stewart, T., Beeby, E., & van der Vliet, W. P. (2012). Suboptimal choice in nonhuman animals: Rats commit the sunk cost error. Learning & Behavior, 40, 195-206. doi: 10.3758/s13420-011-0055-1

White, K. G. (2012). Dissociation of short-term forgetting from the passage of time. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 38(1), 255-259. doi: 10.1037/a0025197

Grace, R. C., White, K. G., & Sargisson, R. J. (2012). Evidence for a magnitude effect in temporal discounting with pigeons. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 38(1), 102-108. doi: 10.1037/a0026345

White, K. G., & Brown, G. S. (2011). Reversing the signaled magnitude effect in delayed matching to sample: Delay-specific remembering? Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 96(1), 7-15. doi: 10.1901/jeab.2011.96-7

White, K. G., & Sargisson, R. J. (2011). Maintained generalization of delay-specific remembering. Behavioural Processes, 87(3), 310-313. doi: 10.1016/j.beproc.2011.06.004

White, K. G., & Brown, G. S. (2011). Reversing the course of forgetting. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 96(2), 177-189. doi: 10.1901/jeab.2011.96-177

White, K. G., & Wixted, J. T. (2010). Psychophysics of remembering: To bias or not to bias? Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 94(1), 83-94. doi: 10.1901/jeab.2010.94-83

Brown, G. S., & White, K. G. (2009). A computational technique for improving estimates of discriminability and bias across multiple dimensions of choice. Behavior Research Methods, 41(2), 515-523. doi: 10.3758/BRM.41.2.515

Brown, G. S., & White, K. G. (2009). Measuring discriminability when there are multiple sources of bias. Behavior Research Methods, 41(1), 75-84.

Brown, G. S., & White, K. G. (2009). Reinforcer probability, reinforcer magnitude, and the reinforcement context for remembering. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 35(2), 238-249. doi: 10.1037/a0013864

Sargisson, R. J., & White, K. G. (2007). Remembering as discrimination in delayed matching to sample: Discriminability and bias. Learning & Behavior, 35(3), 177-183.

Sargisson, R. J., McLean, I. G., Brown, G. S., & White, K. G. (2007). Seasonal variation in pigeon body weight and delayed matching-to-sample performance. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 88(3), 395-404.

Parr, W. V., Green, J. A., White, K. G., & Sherlock, R. R. (2007). The distinctive flavour of New Zealand Sauvignon blanc: Sensory characterisation by wine professionals. Food Quality & Preference, 18, 849-861.

Sargisson, R. J., & White, K. G. (2007). Timing, remembering, and discrimination. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 87(1), 25-37.

Parr, W. V., Green, J. A., & White, K. G. (2006). Wine judging, context and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée / European Review of Applied Psychology, 56, 231-238.

Parr, W. V., Green, J. A., & White, K. G. (2005). Flavour and aroma of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker, (497a), 100-108.

Brown, G. S., & White, K. G. (2005). On the effects of signaling reinforcer probability and magnitude in delayed matching to sample. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 83(2), 119-128.

Brown, G. S., & White, K. G. (2005). The optimal correction for estimating extreme discriminability. Behavior Research Methods, 37(3), 436-449.

Brown, G. S., & White, K. G. (2005). Remembering: The role of extraneous reinforcement. Learning & Behavior, 33(3), 309-323.

White, K. G., Parkinson, A. E., Brown, G. S., & Wixted, J. T. (2004). Local proactive interference in delayed matching to sample: The role of reinforcement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 30(2), 83-95.

Parr, W. V., White, K. G., & Heatherbell, D. A. (2004). Exploring the nature of wine expertise: What underlies wine experts' olfactory recognition memory advantage? Food Quality & Preference, 15, 411-420.

Sargisson, R. J., & White, K. G. (2004). Need probability effects in animal short-term memory. Behavioural Processes, 65, 57-66.

Ong, E. L., & White, K. G. (2004). Amount-dependent temporal discounting? Behavioural Processes, 66, 201-212.

Sargisson, R. J., & White, K. G. (2003). The effect of reinforcer delays on the form of the forgetting function. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 80, 77-94.

Howard, M. L., & White, K. G. (2003). Social influence in pigeons (Columba livia): The role of differential reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 79, 175-191.

Sargisson, R. J., & White, K. G. (2003). On the form of the forgetting function: The effects of arithmetic and logarithmic distributions of delays. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 80, 295-309.

Wright, F. K., & White, K. G. (2003). Effects of methylphenidate on working memory in pigeons. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 3, 300-308.

White, K. G. (2002). Psychophysics of remembering: The discrimination hypothesis. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11(4), 141-145.

White, K. G. (2002). Temporal generalization and diffusion in forgetting. Behavioural Processes, 57, 121-129.

White, K. G., & Ruske, A. C. (2002). Memory deficits in Alzheimer's disease: The encoding hypothesis and cholinergic function. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 9(3), 426-437.

Parr, W. V., Heatherbell, D., & White, K. G. (2002). Demystifying wine expertise: Olfactory threshold, perceptual skill and semantic memory in expert and novice wine judges. Chemical Senses, 27, 747-755.

White, K. G., & Wixted, J. T. (2001). Psychophysics of remembering. General Psychologist, 36(3), 56-63.

White, K. G. (2001). Forgetting functions. Animal Learning & Behavior, 29(3), 193-207.

Sargisson, R. J., & White, K. G. (2001). Generalization of delayed matching to sample following training at different delays. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 75, 1-14.

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