Joseph Bartram


Research Interests

Our lab employs operant conditioning as a central paradigm, using systems of positive and negative reinforcement to condition animals to complete simple behavioural tasks, and using this as a method to access their cognitive and perceptual processes. My DPhil examines how how animals make decisions when confronted with multiple, potentially conflicting sources of information; using several different fish species as models.  My two main projects are with picasso triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus); examining their ability to recall and incorporate prior information during visual discrimination tasks, and with elephantnose fish (Gnathonemus petersii); examining multisensory integration and perceptual weighting between their visual and electrosensory systems.