Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., Indiana University

Field of Specialty

Neural dynamics of gustatory perception and learning.

Contact Information

Bassine Science Building 345

Personal Web Page

Don Katz

Dr. Katz teaches behavioral neuroscience, and studies what makes foods taste good or bad.


Flores, V. L., Moran, A., Bernstein, M., & Katz, Donald B.. "Pre-exposure to salty and sour taste enhances conditioned taste aversion to novel sucrose." Learning & Memory 23. (2016): 221-228. (forthcoming)

Baez-Santiago, M.A., Reid, E. E., Moran, A., Maier, J. X., Marrero-Garcia, Y., and Katz, Donald B.. "Dynamic taste responses of parabrachial pontine neurons in awake rats." Journal of Neurophysiology 115. (2016): 1314-1323.

Levitan, D., Fortis-Santiago, Y., Figueroa, J. A., Reid, E. E., Yoshida, T., Barry, N. C., Russo, A., & Katz, D. B.. "Memory retrieval has a dynamic influence on the maintenance mechanisms that are sensitive to zeta-inhibitory peptide (ZIP).." Journal of Neuroscience 36. (2016): 10654-10662.

Li, J. X., Maier, J. X., Reid, E. E., & Katz, D. B.. "Sensory cortical activity is related to the selection of a rhythmic motor action pattern.." Journal of Neuroscience 36. (2016): 5596-5607.

Sadacca, B. F., Mukherjee, N., Vladusich, T., Li, J. X., Katz, Donald B., & Miller, P.. "The Behavioral Relevance of Cortical Neural Ensemble Responses Emerges Suddenly." Journal of Neuroscience 36. (2016): 655-699.

Maier, J. X., Blankenship, M. L., Li, J. X., and Katz, Donald B.. "Multisensory connectivity affects olfactory processing." Current Biology 25. (2015): 2642-2650.

Maier, J. X., Blankenship, M. L., Barry, N. C., Richards, S. E., & Katz, D. B.. "Stability and flexibility of the message carried by semiochemical stimuli, as revealed by devaluation of carbon disulfide followed by social transmission of food preference.." Behavioral Neuroscience 128. (2014): 413-418.

Monk, K. J., Rubin, B. D., Keene, J. C., & Katz, D. B.. "Licking microstructure reveals rapid attenuation of neophobia.." Chemical Senses 39. (2014): 203-213.

Moran, A. & Katz, D. B.. "Sensory cortical population dynamics uniquely track behavior across learning and extinction.." Journal of Neuroscience 34. (2014): 1248-1257.

Pavao, R., Piette, C., Vitor Lopes-dos-Santos, V., Katz, Donald B., Tort, A.. "Local field potentials in the gustatory cortex carry taste information." Journal of Neuroscience 34. (2014): 8778-8787.

Hengen, K. B., Lambo, M. E., Van Hooser, S. D., Katz, D. B., & Turrigiano, G. G.. "Firing rate homeostasis in visual cortex of freely behaving rodents.." Neuron 80. (2013): 335-342.

Li, J. X., Yoshida, T., Monk, K. J., & Katz, D. B.. "Lateral hypothalamus contains two types of palatability-related taste responses with distinct dynamics.." Journal of Neuroscience 33. (2013): 9462-9473.

Maier, J. X. & Katz, D. B.. "Neural dynamics in response to binary taste mixtures.." J Neurophysiol 109. (2013): 2108-2117.

Miller, P. & Katz, D. B.. "Accuracy and response-time distributions for decision-making: linear perfect integrators versus nonlinear attractor-based neural circuits.." J Comput Neurosci 35. (2013): 261-294.

Yael, D., Zeef, D. H., Sand, D., Moran, A., Katz, D. B., Cohen, D., Temel, Y., & Bar-Gad, I.. "Haloperidol-induced changes in neuronal activity in the striatum of the freely moving rat.." Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience 7. (2013): 110-120.

Maier, J. X., Wachowiak, M., & Katz, D. B.. "Chemosensory interactions in rat olfactory cortex.." J Neurosci 32. (2012): 17037-17047.

Piette, C. E., Baez-Santiago, M., Reid, E. J., Katz*, D. B., & Moran*, A.. "Inactivation of basolateral amygdala eliminates palatability information in gustatory cortical temporal codes." J Neurosci 32. (2012): 9981-9991.

Sadacca, B. F., Rothwax, J., & Katz, D. B.. "Sodium concentration coding gives way to evaluative coding in cortex and amygdala." J Neurosci 32. (2012): 9999-10011.

Zhang, Y., Yoshida, T., Katz, D. B., Lisman, J. E.. "NMDAR antagonist action in thalamus imposes delta oscillations on the hippocampus." J Neurophysiol 107. (2012): 3181-3189.

Escola, S., Fontanini, A., Katz, D., Paninski, L.. "Hidden Markov models for the stimulus-response relationships of multistate neural systems." Neural Comput 23. 5 (2011): 1071-132.

Katz, D. B., Maier, J. X.. "Olfactory bulb: odor signals put into context." Neuron 69. 6 (2011): 1041-2.

Katz, Donald B. and Sadacca, Brian F.. "Taste." The Neurobiology of Sensation and Reward. Ed. Gottfried, J.., 2011

Miller, P & Katz, Donald B.. "Stochastic transitions between states of neural activity." Neuronal Variability and its Functional Significance. Ed. Ding, M. & Glanzman, D.. NYC: Oxford, 2011

Neseliler, S., Narayanan, D., Fortis-Santiago, Y., Katz, D. B., Birren, S. J.. "Genetically induced cholinergic hyper-innervation enhances taste learning." Front Syst Neurosci 5. (2011): 97.

Tort, A. B. & Katz, Donald B.. "Oscillations Trumped by Behavior: A Link between Sensory and Direct Electrical Stimulation of Cortical Activity." Front Neurosci 4. (2011).

Yoshida, T., Katz, D. B.. "Control of prestimulus activity related to improved sensory coding within a discrimination task." J Neurosci 31. 11 (2011): 4101-12.

Fortis-Santiago, Y., Rodwin, B. A., Neseliler, S., Piette, C. E., Katz, D. B.. "State dependence of olfactory perception as a function of taste cortical inactivation." Nat Neurosci 13. 2 (2010): 158-9.

Miller, P., Katz, D. B.. "Stochastic transitions between neural states in taste processing and decision-making." J Neurosci 30. 7 (2010): 2559-70.

Tort, A. B., Fontanini, A., Kramer, M. A., Jones-Lush, L. M., Kopell, N. J., Katz, D. B.. "Cortical networks produce three distinct 7-12 Hz rhythms during single sensory responses in the awake rat." J Neurosci 30. 12 (2010): 4315-24.

Fontanini, A & Katz, Donald B.. "Behavioral modulation of gustatory cortical activity." Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences in press. (2009).

Fontanini, A., Grossman, S. E., Figueroa, J. A., Katz, D. B.. "Distinct subtypes of basolateral amygdala taste neurons reflect palatability and reward." J Neurosci 29. 8 (2009): 2486-95.

Fontanini, A., Katz, D. B.. "Behavioral modulation of gustatory cortical activity." Ann N Y Acad Sci 1170. (2009): 403-6.

Katz, D. B.. "Symposium overview: Sex (and taste), drugs (and taste), and rock & roll (and taste)." Ann N Y Acad Sci 1170. (2009): 392-3.

Caras, M., MacKenzie, K. J., Rodwin, B., Katz, Donald B.. "Investigating the motivational mechanism of altered saline consumption following 5-HT1A manipulation.." Behavioral Neuroscience 122. 2 (2008): 407-415.

Fontanini, A., Grossman, S. A., Revill, B. R., Katz, D. B.. "Cortical ensembles in taste coding." Handbook of the Senses: Olfaction and Taste. Ed. Firestein S, Beauchamp GK. San Diego: Academic Press, 2008. 329-338.

Fontanini, A., Katz, D. B.. "Behavioral states, network states, and sensory response variability." J Neurophysiol 100. 3 (2008): 1160-8.

Grossman, S. A., Fontanini, A., Weiskopf, J. S., Katz, D. B.. "Learning-related plasticity of temporal coding in simultaneously-recorded amygdala-cortical ensembles." J Neurosci 28. 11 (2008): 2864-2873.

Katz, D. B., Matsunami, H., Rinberg, D., Scott, K., Wachowiak, M., Wilson, R. I.. "Receptors, circuits, and behaviors: new directions in chemical senses." J Neurosci 28. 46 (2008): 11802-5.

Verhagen, J. V., Katz, D. B.. "More time to taste. Focus on "variability in responses and temporal coding of tastants of similar quality in the nucleus of the solitary tract of the rat"." J Neurophysiol 99. 2 (2008): 413-4.

Giorgi, C., Yeo, G. W., Stone, M. E., Katz, D. B., Burge, C., Turrigiano, G., Moore, M. J.. "The EJC factor eIF4AIII modulates synaptic strength and neuronal protein expression." Cell 130. 1 (2007): 179-91.

Jones, L. M., Fontanini, A., Sadacca, B. F., Miller, P., Katz, D. B.. "Natural stimuli evoke dynamic sequences of states in sensory cortical ensembles." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 104. 47 (2007): 18772-7.

Lemon, C. H., Katz, D. B.. "The neural processing of taste." BMC Neuroscience 8. Supp 3 (2007): S5.

Fontanini, A., Katz, D. B.. "State-dependent modulation of time-varying gustatory responses." J Neurophysiol 96. 6 (2006): 3183-93.

Jones, L. M., Fontanini, A., Katz, D. B.. "Gustatory processing: a dynamic systems approach." Curr Opin Neurobiol 16. 4 (2006): 420-8.

Wang, Y.-Y., Fontanini, A., Katz, D.B.. "Temporary basolateral amygdala lesions disrupt acquisition of socially transmitted food preferences in rats." Learn Mem 13. (2006): 794-800.

Fontanini, A., Katz, D. B.. "7 to 12 Hz activity in rat gustatory cortex reflects disengagement from a fluid self-administration task." J Neurophysiol 93. 5 (2005): 2832-40.

Katz, D. B.. "The many flavors of temporal coding in gustatory cortex." Chem Senses 30 Suppl 1. (2005): i80-i81.

Katz,Donald B. & Fontanini. "Journal of Neurophysiology Entry." Journal of Neurophysiology (2005).

Stone, M. E., Grimes, B. S., Katz, D. B.. "Hippocampal inactivation enhances taste learning.." Learning & Memory 12. (2005): 579-586.

Katz, D. B.. "Making time with taste. Focus on "Taste response variability and temporal coding in the nucleus of the solitary tract of the rat"." J Neurophysiol 90. 3 (2003): 1375-6.

Katz, D. B., Nicolelis, M. A., Simon, S. A.. "Gustatory processing is dynamic and distributed." Current opinion in neurobiology. 12(4). (2002): 448-54.

Katz, D. B., Rogers, R. F., Steinmetz, J. E.. "Novel factors contributing to the expression of latent inhibition." Behav Neurosci 116. 5 (2002): 824-36.

Katz, D. B., Simon, S. A., Nicolelis, M. A.. "Taste-specific neuronal ensembles in the gustatory cortex of awake rats." J Neurosci 22. 5 (2002): 1850-7..

Katz, D. B., Steinmetz, J. E.. "Psychological functions of the cerebellum.." Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Reviews 1. 3 (2002): 229-241.

Katz, D. B., Simon, S. A., Nicolelis, M. A. L.. "Electrophysiological studies of gustation in awake rats.." Methods and Frontiers in the Chemical Senses. Ed. Simon, S. A., Nicolelis, M. A. L.. Boca Raton, FL: CRC, 2001. 339-357.

Katz, D. B., Simon, S. A., Nicolelis, M. A.. "Dynamic and multimodal responses of gustatory cortical neurons in awake rats." J Neurosci 21. 12 (2001): 4478-89.

Katz, D. B., Tracy, J. A., Steinmetz, J. E.. "Rabbit classical eyeblink conditioning is altered by brief cerebellar cortical stimulation." Physiol Behav 72. 4 (2001): 499-510..

Kralik, J. D., Dimitrov, D. F., Krupa, D. J., Katz, D. B., Cohen, D., Nicolelis, M. A.. "Techniques for chronic, multisite neuronal ensemble recordings in behaving animals." Methods 25. 2 (2001): 121-50..

Katz, D. B., Nicolelis, M. A. L., Simon, S. A.. "Nutrient tasting and signaling mechanisms in the gut IV. There is more to taste than meets the tongue.." American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology 278. (2000): G6-G9.

Katz, D. B., Simon, S. A., Moody, A., Nicolelis, M. A.. "Simultaneous reorganization in thalamocortical ensembles evolves over several hours after perioral capsaicin injections." J Neurophysiol 82. 2 (1999): 963-77.

Katz, D. B., Simon, S. A., Nicolelis, M. A. L.. "Neural ensemble activity in the rat gustatory cortex during learning of a taste preference task.." Society of Neuroscience Abstracts 25. (1999): 2184.

Fanselow, E. E., Katz, D. B., Nicolelis, M. A. L.. "Behavioral modulation of responses to whisker stimulation in the awake, restrained rat.." Society for Neuroscience Abstracts 24. (1998): 131.

Krupa, D. J., Brisben, A. J., Katz, D. B., Nicolelis, M. A. L.. "Role of SI cortex in thalamic processing of complex somatosensory stimuli.." Soc Neurosci Abstr 24. (1998): 132.

Nicolelis, M. A., Katz, D., Krupa, D. J.. "Potential circuit mechanisms underlying concurrent thalamic and cortical plasticity." Reviews in the Neurosciences 9. 3 (1998): 213-224.

Katz, D. B., Steinmetz, J. E.. "Interpositus lesions alter the timing of, but do not eliminate, conditioning-related single-unit activity in rabbit cerebellar cortex.." Learning & Memory 4. 1 (1997): 88-103.

Smith, L. B., Katz, D. B.. "Activity-dependent processes in perceptual and cognitive development.." Handbook of Perception and Cognition.. vol. 13, Perceptual and Cognitive Development. Ed. Gelman, R., Au, T.. San Francisco, CA:, 1996. 413-445.

Katz, D. B., Shock, D. M., Steinmetz, J. E.. Latent inhibition of the rabbit conditioned eyeblink is not reflected in hippocampal activity.. Proc. of Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA: 1995.

Katz, D. B., Steinmetz, J. E.. "Analyzing behavior-related neural activity via correlation of distribution shape.." DKI Carrier 42. May (1995).

Katz, D. B.. Small differences in perceptual sensitivity make a large difference in performance on a selective attention task.. Proc. of Society for Research in Child Development. Indianapolis, IN: 1995.

Milberg, W., Blumstein, S. E., Katz, D., Gershberg, F., Brown, T.. "Semantic facilitation in aphasia: Effects of time and expectancy.." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 7. 1 (1995): 33-50.

Blumstein, S. E., Burton, M., Baum, S., Waldstein, R., Katz, D.. "The role of lexical status on the phonetic categorization of speech in aphasia." Brain Lang 46. 2 (1994): 181-97.

Quittner, A. L., Smith, L. B., Osberger, M. J., Mitchell, T. V., Katz, D. B.. "The impact of audition on the development of visual attention: Analyses of deaf children using cochlear implants.." Psychological Science 5. 6 (1994): 347-353.

Katz, D. B., Mitchell, T. V..

Courses Taught

NBIO 250a Neuroscience Proseminar
NPSY 11b Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
NPSY 197a Advanced Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 302a Proseminar in Brain, Body, and Behavior II