John Riordan

Research student, School of Psychology

Email:
riordanj@cardiff.ac.uk
Location:
Tower Building, 70 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT

Research summary

Flavour learning is widely regarded as a domain specific  process evolved for nutrient acquisition and toxin avoidance, and is regarded  as strong evidence for theories of modular cognition.  However, while flavour-aversion learning has  been studied in great depth, there is a paucity of data on flavour-nutrient  learning.  If flavour learning is a  special process, then pairing nutrients with flavour should exhibit stronger  learning than pairing with any other form of cue.  My research aims to investigate this, along  with the effects of hunger on responses to cues, in order to establish whether  flavour selective preference learning exists.

Teaching summary

2015-2016:  1st year undergraduate tutor.

Research interests

Research topics and related papers

Flavour learning is widely regarded as a domain specific  process evolved for nutrient acquisition and toxin avoidance, and is regarded  as strong evidence for theories of modular cognition.  However, while flavour-aversion learning has  been studied in great depth, there is a paucity of data on flavour-nutrient  learning.  If flavour learning is a  special process, then pairing nutrients with flavour should exhibit stronger  learning than pairing with any other form of cue.  My research aims to investigate this, along  with the effects of hunger on responses to cues, in order to establish whether  flavour selective preference learning exists.

Funding

Leverhulme Trust  funded studentship

Research group

Neuroscience/Cognitive science

Research collaborators

Dr Dominic Dwyer