Time River Laboratory


     Social Traps is a term coined by John Platt to describe a structure 
of  environmental consequences  common to many social problems.  
Examples of Social Traps are the disappearance of flora and fauna 
species, overharvesting of forests, fisheries, minerals, and other 
natural resources.  Behaviorally, Social Traps arise when people 
respond for short-term positive rewards while ignoring long-term 
losses, both personal and social.  Specifically, social traps have been 
simulated in laboratory settiings (Brechner,K.C.,  (1974) An 
experimental analysis of social traps, Journal of Experimental Social 
Psychology, 13, 552-564).
    The relationship of Social Traps to the flow of energy through 
systems has been discussed (Brechner, K.C. and Linder, D.E., 
A social trap analysis of energy distribution systems, Advances in 
Environmental Psychology, Vol. 3, A. Baum & Singer, JE, eds.) 
Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum & Associates, 1981).  
    An additional paper is available from Time River Laboratory,
Bulletin No. 870001 Social Traps, Individual Traps, and Theory 
in Social Psychology.
    Read the most recent paper presented at the 118th annual convention of the American Psycholgoical Association, San Diego, April 12, 2010.
A social trap analysis of the Los Angeles storm drain system: A rationale for interventions.

     Laboratory Ethology is the application of ethological research 
methodology to the study of animal behavior in the laboratory.  
It is based on the assumption that animals are unique and 
wonderful and worth of study.  That well controlled expermimentation 
can take place that does not place the animal in pain.  That animals 
are not sacrificed at the end of the study.  In addition to laboratory 
research techniques, observational techniquess were used and 
analyzed.  The bulk of the material on Laboratory Ethology is available
 in Brechner, K.C. Poulos, L., Guenther, E., and Coulter, T.J. (1987)  
Laboratory ethology:  A new  approach in animal research. Humane 
Innovations and Alternatives in Animal Experimentation, 1, 23-24.
Brechner, K.C., Boyer, L.P., Guenther, E.and Coulter, T.J. (1988)  
The application of Laboratory Ethology to animal populations. 
 Humane Innovations and Alternatives in Animal Experimentation, 2, 30-31.
Brechner, K.C. and Trainer, S. (1989)  Conversations with the authors. 
Humane Innovations and Alternatives in Animal Experimentation, 3, 109-113.
Brechner, K.C.  Laboratory Ethology:  A New Approach in Animal 
Research, completed book manuscript seeking publisher.
Member of the Registrars Committee, Western Region 
Seven years handling fine art for museums such as The Museum of 
Modern Art, Louvre, Guggenheim, Whitney, Getty, Los Angeles County 
Museum of Art.  Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Museum of 
Art and others while associated with Atthowe Fine Art Services and
Porter Transcontinental Trucking.
Conservator and cataloging of The Howard Whalen Sculpture Garden,
Sierra Madre, CA
Conservation of tapestries at the Grand Ballroom of the Disneyland 
Hotel, Anaheim, CA
Conservation of stained glass at Fred Clark Galleries and others
Black and White Darkroom
Photography, motion pictures, and illustrations for the Smithsonian 
Institution, Missouri Basin Project, River Basin Surveys field 
archaelogical excavations.