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Effects of forced flavor exposure on food neophobia

By C. D. Cheney, E. R. Miller

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For 5 days, 18 male albino rats were fed on food pellets ad libitum, but were only allowed 10 min access to water daily. After this they received mashed pellets (pellets mixed with water) for 3 days. Then rats (n=6 per group) were assigned to forced-exposure to mint-flavoured water, forced-exposure to strawberry-flavoured water or plain water conditions for 4 days. On the following day rats were provided with a mint-flavoured pellet mash for 50 min and food intake was recorded. Rats in the mint-water group ingested more (P<0.01) mint-flavoured food than rats in the other 2 groups. It is suggested that this procedure might be used to reduce rejection of new foods by other species.

Date 1997
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 53
Issue 3
Pages 213-217
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/S0168-1591(96)01160-4
Language English
Author Address Department of Psychology, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-2810, USA.
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  1. Animal models
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  4. Conditioning
  5. Feeding behavior
  6. Flavor
  7. Food intake
  8. Mammals
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Rats
  11. Rodents
  12. water
  1. peer-reviewed