John (Jack) Riordan

Research group:
Neuroscience/Cognitive science
Email:
riordanj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
029 208 70078
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

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.

Full list of publications

 

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

Undergraduate education

2011-2015: MSci Pharmacology with Study in Industry, University of Bristol, 1st class honours

Employment

2013-2014: Janssen Pharmaceutica, Student Placement