Mark Reilly received his B.S. from the University of Florida in 1989, his M.S. from the University of North Texas in 1993 and his Ph.D. from West Virginia University in 1996. He held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan and at Wayne State University from 1996 to 1999. He was an Assistant Professor of Research at Arizona State University from 1999 to 2003. He has been at Central Michigan University since 2003.
Dr. Reilly's research can be described as a merging of the experimental analysis of behavior with mathematical modeling to better understand basic behavioral processes. His research interests include the interplay between operant and respondent conditioning, behavioral variability, drug tolerance, conditioned reinforcement, and animal models of human disorders including drug abuse and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Current research focuses on three areas: sensitivity to reinforcer delay as a measure of impulsivity, the motivational properties of response effort or work, and the environmental determinants of drug action.
Catania, C.A., Reilly, M.P., Hand, D., Kehle, L.K., Valentine, L., & Shimoff, E. (2015). A quantitative analysis of the behavior maintained by delayed reinforcers. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 103, 288-331. DOI: 10.1002/jeab.138
Hatfield-Eldred, M.M., Skeel, R.L., & Reilly, M.P. (2014). Is it random or impulsive responding? The effect of working memory load on decision making. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27, 27-36. DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2014.982127.
Fox, A. & Reilly, M.P. (2014). On the reliability of blocking effects in response acquisition with delayed reinforcement, The Psychological Record, 64, 743-754. DOI 10.1007/s40732-014-0075-2.
Pilarski, C.R., Skeel, R.L., & Reilly, M.P. (2014). Acute effects of nicotine on risky choice among non-smokers. The Psychological Record, 64, 151-159. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40732-014-0057-4.
Smethells, J.R., Fox, A.T., & Reilly, M.P. (2013). Flash rate discrimination in rats: Rate bisection and generalization peak shift. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 100, 211-221.
Pietras, C.J., Reilly, M.P., & Jacobs, E.A. (2013). Moving forward without changing course. The Behavior Analyst, 36, 139-143.
Reilly, M.P., Posadas-Sanchez, D., Kettle, L.C., & Killeen, P.R. (2012). Rats (Rattus norvegicus) and pigeons (Columbia livia) are sensitive to the distance to food, but only rats request more food when distance increases. Behavioural Processes, 91, 236-243.
Smethells, J.R., Fox, A.T., Andrews, J.J., & Reilly, M.P. (2012). Immediate post-session feeding reduces operant responding in rats. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 97, 203-214.
Fink, K.D., Rossignol, J., Crane, A.T., Davis, K.K., Bavar, A.M., Dekorver, N.W., Lowrance, S.A., Reilly, M.P., Sandstrom, M.I., von Horsten, S., Lescaudron, L., & Dunbar, G.L. (2012). Early cognitive dysfunction in the HD 51 CAD transgenic rat model of Huntington's disease. Behavioral Neuroscience, 126, 479-487.