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Psychological Sciences Faculty

Susan SwithersSusan Swithers

Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychological Sciences
Purdue University
703 Third Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081 USA

Campus Address:
Psychological Sciences, Room 1224

E-mail: swithers@purdue.edu
Telephone: (765) 494-6279

Ph.D. Duke University, 1991

Research Interests:

Our lab studies the effects of experience on the development of controls of ingestive behavior and body weight.

Recent Publications:

Swithers, S.E., Martin, A.A. & Davidson, T.L. High intensity sweeteners and energy balance. Physiology and Behavior, 100, 55-62 (2010).

Swithers, S.E., Martin, A.A., Clark, K.M., Laboy, A.F., & Davidson, T.L. Body weight gain in rats consuming sweetened liquids. Effects of caffeine and diet composition. Appetite, 55, 528-533, (2010).

Davidson, T. L., Martin, A.A., Clark, K., & Swithers, S. E.  Intake of high-intensity sweeteners alters the ability of sweet taste to signal caloric consequences:  Implications for the control of energy and body weight regulation.  Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 1430-1441, 2011.

Swithers, S. E., Ogden, S. B, & Davidson, T. L.  Fat substitutes promote weight gain in rats consuming high-fat diets.  Behavioral Neuroscience, 125, 512-518, (2011).

Swithers, S.E., Laboy, A.F., Clark, K., Cooper, S., Davidson, T.L. Experience with the high intensity sweetener saccharin impairs glucose homeostasis and GLP-1 release in rats Behav Brain Res. 2012 Jul 15;233(1):1-14. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2012.04.024. Epub 2012 Apr 26

Swithers, S.E., Ogden, S.B., Laboy, A.F., Davidson, T.L. Saccharin pre-exposure enhances appetitive flavor learning in pre-weanling rats. Dev Psychobiol. 2012 Dec;54(8):818-24. doi: 10.1002/dev.21047. Epub 2012 May 21.

Swithers, S. E., Sample, C.H., Katz, D.P. Influence of ovarian and non-ovarian estrogens on weight gain in response to disruption of sweet taste – calorie relations in female rats. Hormones and Behavior, 2013 Jan;63(1):40-8. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2012.11.003. Epub 2012 Nov 9.

Swithers, S. E., Sample, C.H., Davidson, T.L. Adverse effects of high-intensity sweeteners on energy intake and weight control in male and obesity-prone female rats. Behav Neurosci. 2013 Apr;127(2):262-74. doi: 10.1037/a0031717. Epub 22013 Feb 11.

Swithers, S. E.Artificial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements. Trends Endocrinol Metab, 2013 24(9), 431-441. doi: 10.1016/j.tem.2013.05.005. PMCID:3772345.

Davidson, T. L., Sample, C. H., & Swithers, S. E. An application of Pavlovian principles to the problems of obesity and cognitive decline. 2013 Neurobiol Learn Mem. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2013.07.014. PMCID:3899105

Davidson, T. L., Hargrave, S. L.,Swithers, S. E., Sample, C. H., Fu, X., Kinzig, K. P., & Zheng, W. Inter-relationships among diet, obesity and hippocampal-dependent cognitive function. Neuroscience, 2013; 253: 110-122. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2013.08.044. PMC in process

Baker, S., Payne, C. R., Swithers, S., & Kranz, S. (2014). Do healthy, child-friendly fruit and vegetable snacks appeal to consumers? A field study exploring adults' perceptions and purchase intentions. Food Quality and Preference, 39, 202-8. 10.1016/j.foodqual.2014.07.013

Davidson T.L., Tracy AL, Schier L.A., Swithers S.E. A view of obesity as a learning and memory disorder. J Exp Psychol Anim Learn Cogn. 2014 Jul;40(3):261-79.

Davidson T.L., Sample C.H., Swithers S.E. An application of Pavlovian principles to the problems of obesity and cognitive decline. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2014 Feb;108:172-84. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2013.07.014.