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Conditioned Taste Aversion



Brad Wetzell
Department of Psychology
Psychopharmacology Laboratory
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8062
202-885-1720 (phone)
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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.

CTA History
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.

Recent Entries

Sex differences in 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV)-induced taste avoidance and place preferences
King HE; Wakeford A; Taylor W; Wetzell B; Rice KC; Riley AL, 2015
See complete record: 3772
Enhancement of consolidated long-term memory by overexpression of protein kinase Mzeta in the neocortex.
Shema R; Haramati S; Ron S; Hazvi S; Chen A; Sacktor TC; Dudai Y , 2011
See complete record: 3770
Rapid erasure of long-term memory associations in the cortex by an inhibitor of PKM zeta
Shema R; Sacktor TC; Dudai Y , 2007
See complete record: 3769
Effect of age on methylphenidate-induced conditioned taste avoidance and related BDNF/TrkB signaling in the insular cortex of the rat
Wetzell BB; Muller MM; Cobuzzi JL; Hurwitz ZE; DeCicco-Skinner K; Riley AL , 2014
See complete record: 3768
Taste hedonics influence the disposition of fat by modulating gastric emptying in rats
Saitou K, Lees JN; Tordoff MG , 2014
See complete record: 3767


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John Garcia

I was recently informed that John Garcia died this past October at the age of 95 in his home in Skagit County, Washington. I have attached an obituary that appeared in his home town paper. I have also attached a photo that John’s granddaughter Erin sent to Lowell Nicolaus who passed it along to me. It is of John and Konrad Lorenz. John had it on the wall of his home in Washington.

Of all the wonderful individuals who have crossed my own life while working in this field, none has been as influential as John. His honesty, creativity and rich memory did more to shaping my own career than he could ever know. He was the father of our field, and it is truly sad that he is gone. – Tony


Jan Bures

Jan Bureš

It is with great sadness to announce the death of Jan Bureš who passed away on August 24, 2012. Jan was a wonderful colleague and mentor and will be missed by all of us who knew of him and his work. I have appended below an obituary written by Lynn Nadel and André Fenton. I have also provided a link to the Highlight written in 2006 by Jan for the CTA database. – Tony

Jan Bureš Obituary