Dr Joe M Austen, BSc, MSc, PhD, AFHEA
My research interests centre on the understanding of learning and memory through behavioural and neural manipulations. I am particularly interested in the application of associative principles to learning in both the operant and spatial domains. My research primarily involves non-human animals, principally rats and mice, although I also investigate the translational aspects of learning between rodents and humans.
- Austen, J.M., Sprengel, R. & Sanderson, D.J. (2017). GluA1 AMPAR subunit deletion reduces the hedonic response to sucrose but leaves satiety and conditioned responses intact. Scientific Reports 7(1): 7424.
- Austen, J.M. & Sanderson, D.J. (2016). Contexts control negative contrast and restrict the expression of flavor preference conditioning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Learning and Cognition 42: 95-105.
- Reissland, N., Francis, B., Buttanshaw, L., Austen, J. M. & Reid, V. (2016). Do fetuses move their lips to the sound that they hear? An observational feasibility study on auditory stimulation in the womb. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2(1): 14.
- Austen, J.M., Strickland, J.A. & Sanderson, D.J. (2016). Memory-dependent effects on palatability in mice. Physiology & Behavior 167: 92-99.
- Sanderson, D.J., Jones, W.S. & Austen, J.M. (2016). The effect of the amount of blocking cue training on blocking of appetitive conditioning in mice. Behavioural Processes 122: 36-42.
- Kosaki, Y., Poulter, S.L., Austen, J.M. & McGregor, A. (2015). Dorsolateral striatal lesions impair navigation based on landmark-goal vectors but facilitate spatial learning based on a "cognitive map". Learning & Memory 22(3): 179-191.
- Reissland, N., Austen, J.M., Hanaoka, U., AboEllail, M.A.M., Uematsu, R. & Hata, T. (2015). The potential use of the fetal observable movement system in clinical practice. Donald School Journal of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology 4(October-December): 426-433.
- Austen, J. M. & McGregor, A. (2014). Revaluation of geometric cues reduces landmark discrimination via within-compound associations. Learning & Behavior 42(4): 330-336.
- Lew, A. R., Usherwood, B., Fragkioudaki, F., Koukoumi, V., Smith, S. P., Austen, J. M. & McGregor, A. (2014). Transfer of spatial search between environments in human adults and young children (Homo sapiens): implications for representation of local geometry by spatial systems. Developmental psychobiology 56(3): 421-434.
- Kosaki, Y., Austen, J. M. & McGregor, A. (2013). Overshadowing of geometry learning by discrete landmarks in the water maze: Effects of relative salience and relative validity of competing cues. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behaviour Processes 39(2): 126-139.
- Austen, J. M., Kosaki, Y. & McGregor, A. (2013). Within-compound associations explain potentiation and failure to overshadow learning based on geometry by discrete landmarks. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes 39(3): 259-272.
- 2013: Durham University 'Enhancing the Student Learning Experience', £7000
- 2012: EPS Grindley Grant, £500
- 2007: Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary, £1360