Director of the Neuroscience Program

Educational Background

  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Scranton, 1993
  • M.A., Duke University, 1997
  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1999
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Brooklyn College of CUNY, 1999-2001

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in animal learning and motivation, especially the psychological experiences of pleasure and reward and their functions in Pavlovian conditioning. My research is primarily focused on appetite, such as the factors that make certain foods rewarding or desirable, and the role of "pleasure" in guiding food selection and intake. Much of this work involves studying the ways that animals learn to prefer or avoid certain foods based on experience with their positive or negative consequences. I am also interested in the early development of appetite controls, food selection, and learning processes in infancy.

Courses Taught

  • General Psychology
  • Learning
  • Learning Laboratory
  • Appetite and Eating Behavior
  • Learning and Adaptive Behavior

Selected Publications

Brunstrom, J. M., Rogers, P. J., Myers, K. P., & Holtzman, J. D. (2015). In search of flavour-nutrient learning. A study of the Samburu pastoralists of North-Central Kenya. Appetite, 91, 415-425.

Myers, K. P., Taddeo, M. S., & Richards, E. K. (2013). Sensory-specific appetition: Postingestive detection of glucose rapidly promotes continued consumption of a recently encountered flavor. Physiology & Behavior, 121, 125-133.

Myers, K. P. (2013). Rats acquire stronger preference for flavors consumed towards the end of a high-fat meal. Physiology & Behavior, 110, 179-189.

Vento, P. J., Myers, K. P., & Daniels, D. (2012). Investigation into the specificity of angiotensin II-induced behavioral desensitization. Physiology & Behavior, 105(4), 1076-1081.

Myers, K. P., & Whitney, M. C. (2011). Rats' learned preferences for flavors encountered early or late in a meal paired with the postingestive effects of glucose. Physiology & Behavior, 102(5), 466-474.

Myers, K.P. (2007). Robust preference for a flavor paired with intragastric glucose acquired in a single trial. Appetite, 48, 123-127.

Myers, K.P. & Izbicki, E.V. (2006). Reinforcing and aversive effects of caffeine measured by flavor preference conditioning in caffeine-naive and caffeine-acclimated rats. Physiology & Behavior, 88, 585-596.

Myers, K.P. & Sclafani, A. (2006). Development of learned flavor preferences. Developmental Psychobiology, 48, 380-388.

Myers, K.P., Ferris, J., & Sclafani, A. (2005). Flavor preferences conditioned by postingestive effects of nutrients in preweanling rats. Physiology and Behavior, 84, 407-19.

Myers, K.P. & Sclafani, A. (2003). Conditioned acceptance and preference but not altered taste reactivity to bitter and sour flavors paired with intragastric glucose. Physiology and Behavior, 78, 173-183.

Myers, K. P. & Sclafani A. (2001). Conditioned enhancement of flavor evaluation reinforced by intragastric glucose: II. Taste reactivity analysis. Physiology and Behavior, 74, 495-505.

Myers, K. P. & Sclafani A. (2001). Conditioned enhancement of flavor evaluation reinforced by intragastric glucose: I. Intake acceptance and preference analysis. Physiology and Behavior, 74, 481-493.

Myers, K. P. & Hall, W. G. (2001). Effects of prior experience with dehydration and water on the time course of dehydration-induced drinking in weanling rats. Developmental Psychobiology, 38, 145-153.

Myers, K. P. & Hall, W. G. (2000). Conditioned changes in appetitive and consummatory responses to flavors paired with oral or nutrient reinforcement among adult rats. Physiology and Behavior, 68, 603-610. Hall, W. G., Arnold, H. M., &

Myers, K. P. (2000). The acquisition of an appetite. Psychological Science, 11, 101-105.

Myers, K. P. & Hall, W. G. (1998). Evidence that oral and nutrient reinforcers differentially condition appetitive and consummatory responses to flavors. Physiology and Behavior, 64, 493-500.

Myers, K. P., Arnold, H. M., & Hall, W. G. (1997). Sensitization of ingestive responding in preweanling rats: Time course and specificity. Behavioral Neuroscience, 111, 413-423.


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