Richard G. Palmer

Richard G. Palmer

Professor Emeritus of Physics

Office Location: 
091 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2559


Professor Richard G. Palmer is currently working on theories of statistical mechanics. He is interested in the application and development of statistical physics methods for many types of complex systems, including glasses and spin glasses, neural networks, genetic algorithms, and economic markets. The long-term goal of his work is to establish firm theoretical foundations for understanding the emergence of structure, complexity, and computational ability in driven systems of interacting adaptive components. He is also author of two books on the theory of neural networks and on the theory of extinction.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge (UK) 1973

Selected Grants

(96-0672) Models for Learning, Memory and Interference awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1990 to 2002

(91-0856) Models for Learning, Memory, & Inference awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (Co-Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1995

(94-1023) Models for Learning, Memory and Inference awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 1990 to 1995

(91-0711) Neural Network Models of Temporal Learning awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1993

Hertz, J, Krogh, A, and Palmer, RG. Introduction to the theory of neural computation. January 1, 2018. Full Text

Palmer, R. "Statistical mechanics approaches to complex optimization problems." The Economy as an Evolving Complex System: The Proceedings of the Evolutionary Paths of the Global Economy Workshop, Held September, 1987 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 1, 2018. 177-194. Full Text

Dragoi, V, Staddon, JER, Palmer, RG, and Buhusi, CV. "Interval Timing as an Emergent Learning Property." Psychological Review 110.1 (2003): 126-144. Full Text

LeBaron, B, Arthur, WB, and Palmer, R. "Time series properties of an artificial stock market." Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 23.9-10 (September 1, 1999): 1487-1516.

Newman, MEJ, and Palmer, RG. "Error estimation in the histogram Monte Carlo method." Journal of Statistical Physics 97.5-6 (1999): 1011-1026.

Palmer, RG, and Adler, J. "Ground states for large samples of two-dimensional Ising spin glasses." International Journal of Modern Physics C 10.4 (January 1, 1999): 667-675. Full Text

Palmer, RG, Arthur, WB, Holland, JH, and LeBaron, B. "An Artificial Stock Market." Artificial Life and Robotics 3 (1999). (Academic Article)

Staddon, JE, Davis, DG, Machado, A, and Palmer, RG. "Cumulative effects model: a response to Williams (1994)." Psychological review 101.4 (October 1994): 708-710. Full Text

Palmer, RG, Brian Arthur, W, Holland, JH, LeBaron, B, and Tayler, P. "Artificial economic life: a simple model of a stockmarket." Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena 75.1-3 (August 1, 1994): 264-274. Full Text

Rust, J, Miller, JH, and Palmer, R. "Characterizing effective trading strategies. Insights from a computerized double auction tournament." Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 18.1 (January 1, 1994): 61-96. Full Text

Davis, DG, Staddon, JE, Machado, A, and Palmer, RG. "The process of recurrent choice." Psychol Rev 100.2 (April 1993): 320-341.

Stein, DL, Doering, CR, Plamer, RG, Van Hemmen, JL, and McLaughlin, RM. "Escape over a fluctuating barrier: The white noise limit." Journal of Physics A: General Physics 23.5 (December 1, 1990). Full Text