Dr. Chris Varnon – learning with bumble bees, snakes, rats, pigeons and more! [Episode 138]

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    Dr. Chris Varnon Bio

    Dr. Christopher Varnon is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Converse College specializing in behavior analysis and comparative psychology. He received a BS from Jacksonville State University in Biology and Psychology. He then completed an MS in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, followed by a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Varnon has a passion for all things animals, and especially animal behavior. His research has involved a diverse range of species including horses, rats, pigeons, rattlesnakes, turtles, cockroaches and bees. He is especially interested in learning in non-traditional species such as reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, and how learning interacts with social behaviors. Most recently, Dr. Varnon has become interested in using insects as behavioral and biological models of substance use.

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