Western University PsychologyFaculty of Social Science

Martin Kavaliers

Dr. Martin Kavaliers

Cognitive, Developmental and Brain Sciences

Email: kavalier@uwo.ca
Office: SSC 9246
Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 86084
Curriculum Vitae

  • Bio

  • Publications

  • Research

Biographical Information

B.Sc. - Concordia University
M.Sc. - Concordia University
Ph.D. - University of Alberta

Selected Publications

Cloutier, C. J., Kavaliers, M., Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2012). Lipopolysaccharide inhibits the simultaneous establishment of LiCl-Induced anticipatory nausea and intravascular conditioned taste avoidance in the rat. Behavioural Brain Research 232: 278-286

Cloutier, C. J., Rodowa. M.-S., Cross-Mellor, S. K., Chan, M. Y. T., Kavaliers, M., Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2012) Inhibition of LiCl-induced conditioning of anticipatory nausea in rats following immune system stimulation: comparing the immunogens lipopolysaccharide, muramyl dipeptide, and polyinosinic polycytidylic acid. Physiology and Behavior 106: 243-251.

Kavaliers, M., Clipperton-Allen, A. E., Cragg, C. L., Gustaffson, J-A., Muglia, L. J., Choleris, E. (2012). Male risk taking, female odors and the role of estrogen receptors. Physiology and Behavior (in press).

Choleris, E., Clipperton-Allen, A. E., Phan, A., Valsecchi, P., Kavaliers, M. (2012) Estrogenic involvement in social learning, social recognition and pathogen avoidance. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (in press).

Gabor, C.S., Phan. A., Clipperton-Allen, A. E., Kavaliers, M., Choleris, E. (2012) Interplay of oxytocin, vasopressin and sex hormones in the regulation of social recognition. Behavioral Neuroscience 126: 97-109.

Ossenkopp, K.-P., Foley, K. A., Gibson, J., Fudge, M. A., Kavaliers, M., Cain , D. P., MacFabe, D. F. (2012). Systemic treatment with the enteric bacterial fermentation product, propionic acid, produces both conditioned taste avoidance and conditioned place aversion in rats. Behavioural Brain Research 227: 134-141.

Kavaliers, M., Choleris, E. (2011). Sociality, pathogen avoidance, and the neuropetides oxytocin and vasopressin. Psychological Science 22:1367-1374.

Cloutier, C. J., Cross-Mellor, S. K., Kavaliers, M., Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2011) Simultaneous conditioning of “gaping” and taste cues in the rodent model of anticipatory nausea. Neuroscience Letters 502: 76-79.

Ossenkopp, K.-P., Biagi, E., Cloutier, C. J., Chan, M.Y. T., Kavaliers, M. (2011) Acute corticosterone increases conditioned spontaneous orofacial behaviors but fails to influence dose related LiCl-induced conditioned “gaping” responses in a rodent model of anticipatory nausea. European Journal of Pharmacology 660: 358- 362.

Fudge, M. A., Kavaliers, M., Baird, J.-P., Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2009) Tamoxifen produces conditioned taste reactivity in male rats: analysis of microstructural licking patterns. Hormones and Behavior 56: 322-331.

Choleris, E., Clipperton, A. E., Phan. A., Kavaliers, M. (2009) Neuroendocrinology of social information processing in rats and mice. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology 30: 422-459.

Lockey, A. J., Kavaliers, M., Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2009) Lipopolysaccharide reduces tactile startle response magnitude but not prepulse inhibition in rats: a dose-response examination. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 93: 47-53.

Fudge, M. A., Kavaliers, M., Baird, J.-P., Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2009) Tamoxifen and raloxifene produce conditioned taste avoidance in female rats: a microstructural analysis of licking patterns. Life Sciences 84: 282-289.

Chan, M. Y. T., Cross-Mellor, S. K., Kavaliers, M., Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2009) Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) blocks the acquisition of LiCl-induced gaping in a rodent model of anticipatory nausea. Neuroscience Letters 450: 301-305.

Lockey, A. J., Kavaliers, M., Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2009) Lipopolysaccharide produces dose-dependent reductions of the acoustic startle response without impairing prepulse inhibition in male rats. Brain Behavior and Immunity 23: 101-107


My recent research has recently been focusing on a number of areas of behavioral neuroscience: Broadly, these deal with (a) social behavior and social neuroscience; and (b) how individuals deal with the problems and threats that they encounter in the natural environment. The former deals with: (i) social foundations of behavior; (ii) social cognition, - social communication and the use of social information; (iii) neurobiology of social recognition and social attraction. The latter incorporates examinations of: (i) the biological defense mechanisms that are employed by animals in response to various threats (e.g. conspecifics, predators, parasites, bacterial and other infectious agents, toxins) and (ii) how individuals deal with the various problems associated with the acquisition of resources (e.g. food (and examinations of ingestive responses) and other resources, mates) from the environment; (iii) how various social factors (e.g. social information, “trust”), modulate risk and defensive behavior.