Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Western University
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Western University
M.Sc., Neuroscience, Western University
Hon.BSc., Biology & Psychology, University of Toronto
Tenk, C.M. & Mackay, L. (2019). Degree of food processing influences memory of food
images in females. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, 73, P3-34.
Tenk, C. M., & Felfeli, T. (2017). Sucrose and fat content significantly affect palatable
food consumption in adolescent male and female rats. Appetite, 118, 49-59.
Tenk, C.M., Wilson, H., Zhang, Q., Pitchers, K.K. & Coolen, L.M. (2009). Sexual reward
in male rats: Effects of sexual experience on conditioned place preferences associated
with ejaculation and intromissions. Hormones and Behavior, 55, 93-97.
Tenk, C.M., Foley, K.A., Kavaliers, M., & Ossenkopp, K.-P. (2007). Neonatal immune
system activation with lipopolysaccharide increases behavioural sensitization to the
dopamine agonist, quinpirole, in adult female but not male rats. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 21, 935-945.
Tenk, C.M. (2020, April 29). You’ve got a friend in me: creating connection and community in a large class [Talk]. Waterloo Teaching & Learning Conference, Waterloo, ON. (Conference canceled)
Campbell, H., Sutton, J., Tenk, C.M., Twynstra, J. (2019, July 3-5). Success in an Ever-Changing World: Teaching and Learning Strategies for Incorporating
Affective and Values-based Learning Outcomes into Science Classrooms [Talk]. Western Conference on Science Education, London, ON
Tenk, C.M. (2016, May 11-13). Mindless eating in our toxic food environment [Keynote address]. Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH)
Nutrition Exchange. Toronto, ON.
Areas of Teaching
Behavioural and cognitive neuroscience
Psychology of eating
Life is good. Humans are biologically wired to respond to life’s pleasures. Primary rewards like food, sex, and social connection are naturally valuable because they are essential
for the survival of one’s self and offspring. Other rewards, like drugs and money,
hijack the same neural circuits causing similar pleasurable responses. I have always
found people’s response to and experience of rewards fascinating. Early in my career,
I researched responses to drug, sex and food reward using animal models. Later, I
began investigating people and their responses to rewarding foods. More recently, I expanded my research to explore social connection. Social connection
is not just rewarding, it is critically linked to our well-being. My research characterizes social connection and its outcomes in order to improve individual well-being and success especially in the context of
teaching and learning.
Awards and Recognition
2014 Brescia's Excellence in Teaching Award
Other Relevant Information
Concurrent appointment: Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Western