Welcome to Conditioned Taste Aversion, an Annotated Bibliography, maintained by the Psychopharmacology Laboratory at American University, Washington D.C.
The Searchable Bibliographic Database of CTA records dates to 1940. In 1976, we published the first of three bibliographies on conditioned taste aversion learning. In this initial publication (see Riley and Baril, 1976), we listed and annotated 403 papers in this field. Subsequent lists published in 1977 (Riley and Clarke, 1977) and 1985 (Riley and Tuck, 1985) listed 632 and 1373 papers, respectively. Since that time, we have maintained a bibliography on taste aversion learning utilizing a variety of journal and on-line searches as well as benefiting from the generous contribution of preprints, reprints and PDF files from many colleagues.
In the mid 1950s, John Garcia and his colleagues at the Radiological Defense Laboratory at Hunters Point in San Francisco assessed the effects of ionizing radiation on a myriad of behaviors in the laboratory rat — some of which behaviors appeared to violate the basic tenets of traditional learning theory and, along with a number of other behavioral phenomena, introduced the concept of biological constraints on learning that forced a reconceptualization of the role evolution played in the acquisition of behavior. See more about CTA History.