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Placentophagia in rats is modifiable by taste aversion conditioning

Engwall, Douglas B. and Kristal, Dr. Mark B. (1977) Placentophagia in rats is modifiable by taste aversion conditioning. [Journal (Paginated)]

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Abstract

An aversion to placenta was conditioned by pairing ingestion with LiCl-induced illness in virgins, in nonpregnant primipara, and in primipara during the first parturition. Persistence of the aversion was assessed at the subsequent parturition, immediately after the subsequent parturition, and two weeks after the subsequent parturition. The results indicated that (a) female rats can learn an aversion to placenta, (b) the aversion was expressed during parturition, (c) previous parturitional experience reduced retention of the aversion, but not acquisition, (d) rats can distinguish between their own normally delivered placenta and donor placenta, and (e) an aversion to placenta at parturition did not appear to have a major effect on pup care.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:placentophagia, taste aversion conditioning, flavor aversion learning, maternal behavior, rats, lithium chloride, parturition, placenta
Subjects:Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
Biology > Animal Behavior
ID Code:5768
Deposited By:Kristal, Mark B.
Deposited On:22 Oct 2007 11:44
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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