Santa Clara University

Psychology department

Matthew Bell

Associate Professor

Matthew Bell, Ph.D.
Santa Clara University
Department of Psychology
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053-0333
Phone: 408-554-2738

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Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, San Diego


PSYC 1: General Psychology I

PSYC 40: Statistical Data Analysis
PSYC 114: Ethics in Psychology
PSYC 130: Psychology of Learning
PSYC 195: Research Practicum


  • Experimental analysis of behavior
  • Stimulus control
  • Choice behavior

Representative Publications

Bell, M. C., McDevitt, M. A., & Goldenberg, M.* (2007). The influence of ITI food on extinction and devaluation in chain schedules. The Journal of General Psychology, 134, 133-151.

Bell, M. C., Seip, K. A.*, & Fitzsimmons, K. S.* (2007). Signal effects on resistance to change in a multiple schedule. Behavioural Processes, 74, 33-48.

Bell, M.C., Gomez, B.E.*, & Morgan, K.* (2008). Signals function as conditioned reinforcers during resistance to change in a multiple schedule. Behavioural Processes, 78, 158-164.

Dulaney, A.E.* & Bell, M.C. (2008) Amount of reinforcement, resistance to change, and generalization decrement. Behavioural Processes, 78, 253-258.

McDevitt, M. A., & Bell, M. C. (2008). Effects of a discrete-trial procedure on probe test results. Behavioural Processes, 77, 376-383.

Bell, M.C., & Williams, B.A. (2013). Conditioned reinforcement in chain schedules when time to reinforcement is held constant. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 99, 179-188. doi: 10.1002/jeab.10

Simone, P.M., Bell, M.C., & Cepeda, N. J.(2013). Diminished but not forgotten: Effects in again on magnitude of spacing effect benefits. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 68(5), 674-680. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs096

Bell, M.C., Kawadri, N.*, Simone, P.M., & Wiseheart, M. (2013). Long term memory, sleep, and the spacing effect. Memory. doi:10.1080/09658211.2013.778294

McDevitt, M.A., & Bell, M.C. ( in press). Effects of changeover delay on response allocation during probe tests. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

* (indicates student co-author)