Odor of taste stimuli in conditioned "taste" aversion learning

Elizabeth D. Capaldi, Martin J. Hunter, Gregory J. Privitera

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The present research addresses whether rats can express odor aversions to the odor of taste stimuli. In Experiment 1, saccharin or salt were either mixed in distilled water, so the rats could taste and smell them, or presented on disks attached to the tubes' metal spouts so the rats could only smell them. Aversions were established to taste stimuli under both conditions. The results of Experiment 2 indicate that conditioning was to the odor of the tastes when they were presented on disks in Experiment 1, hence both taste and odor aversions were established by means of "taste" stimuli. Taste aversion learning thus may more properly be termed flavor aversion learning, with flavor referring to both taste and odor components.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1400-1408
Number of pages9
JournalBehavioral Neuroscience
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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