Mark E. Bouton received his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He is the Robert B. Lawson Green and Gold Professor of Psychology at the University of Vermont, where he has been teaching since 1980. Since that time, his research has investigated the relationships between context, conditioning, and memory, with a special emphasis on inhibitory processes like extinction. His research has been funded by NSF and NIH since 1981. Since at least 1988, he has been publishing translational papers that attempt to connect basic behavioral science (learning theory) with clinical issues. Some of his recent writing has focused on the connections between modern learning theory, neuroscience, and topics in cognitive behavioral therapy (e.g., panic disorder, fear and anxiety, relapse after therapy). He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a James McKeen Cattell Scholar, a University Scholar at the University of Vermont, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford), and Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes (1998-2003). He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 3, and 6), the American Psychological Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and in 2010 was awarded the Gantt Medal by the Pavlovian Society.
1. Discuss the causes and possible prevention of relapse (to anxiety disorders or addictive behavior) from a modern learning theory
2. Discuss context and memory mechanisms as they play a role in extinction, a behavioral process linked to cognitive behavior
therapy (e.g., exposure therapy)