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Conditioned Taste Aversion



Matthew Clasen
Department of Psychology
Psychopharmacology Laboratory
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8062
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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: 3949
3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV)-induced conditioned taste avoidance in the F344/N and LEW rat strains
King HE; Wetzell B; Rice KC; Riley AL, 2014
See complete record: 3948
The affective properties of synthetic aathinones: Role of reward and aversion in their abuse
King HE; Riley AL, 2017
See complete record: 3947
BDNF signaling potentiates transmission of information from the basolateral amygdala to infralimbic prefrontal cortex during conditioned taste aversion extinction
Kimbrough A; Biggs LM, 2014
See complete record: 3946
Circadian activation of the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis may affect central, but not peripheral, effect of lithium in conditioned taste aversion learning in rats
Kim Y-S; Yoo SB; Ryu V; Kim K-N; Kim B-T, Lee J-H; Jahng JW, 2015
See complete record: 3945


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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