Joseph B. Travers, MS, PhD

Professor Emeritus
Education

MS/Specialty
University of Wyoming, 1977, Psychology

PhD
University of Wyoming, 1979, Psychology (Neuroscience)

Postdoctoral Fellow
The Rockefeller University, New York, 1982

Research Interests

Taste plays a critical role in the decision to ingest palatable, nutritious food or to reject oftentimes bitter, poisonous substances.  The fundamental neural circuits responsible for this decision are in the brainstem and include neurons in the reticular formation that are necessary for coordinated oromotor function. Using neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and neuropharmacological approaches to analyze how these circuits process sensory information to switch between multiple behaviors.

Research Summary

Taste plays a critical role in the decision to ingest palatable, nutritious food or to reject oftentimes bitter, poisonous substances. The fundamental neural circuits responsible for this decision are in the brainstem and include neurons in the reticular formation that are necessary for coordinated oromotor function. Using neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and neuropharmacological approaches to analyze how these circuits process sensory information to switch between multiple behaviors.

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