Neophobia and water intake after repeated pairings of novel flavors with toxicosis

Kristal, Mark B. and Steuer, Melissa Ann and Nishita, J. Ken and Peters, Lawrence C. (1980) Neophobia and water intake after repeated pairings of novel flavors with toxicosis. [Journal (Paginated)]

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The ability of rats (a) to acquire a generalized neophobia and (b) to maintain total daily fluid intake (by increasing intake of plain water) during the neophobia, was assessed. Rats trained to drink on a 23 1/2-hr water deprivation schedule were presented with a series of novel-flavored drinking solutions at 4-day intervals. Fifteen min of exposure to the novel flavor was followed first by 15 min of access to plain water, and then by an injection of lithium chloride. A saline-injected group and a noncontingent lithium chloride-injected group served as controls. Re-exposure to flavors did not occur between presentations of novel flavors. The rats in the group receiving novel flavors paired with toxicosis not only showed suppressed intake of all subsequent novel flavors after several pairings, but also eventually showed suppressed intake of plain water, which was limited to the days of novel-flavor presentation.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Neophobia, drinking, taste aversion learning, taste aversion conditioning, Garcia Effect, bait shyness, lithium chloride, toxicosis, ingestion, classical conditioning, flavor aversion learning
Subjects:Psychology > Applied Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Behavioral Analysis
Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
Biology > Animal Behavior
Biology > Animal Cognition
Biology > Behavioral Biology
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Comparative Psychology
Psychology > Perceptual Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Physiological Psychology
Psychology > Psychobiology
Psychology > Psychophysics
ID Code:762
Deposited By: Kristal, Mark B.
Deposited On:03 Dec 1998
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54


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