Development of flavor aversions by rats following anesthesia

Stephen H. Hobbs, Ralph L. Elkins

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A series of experiments was conducted which confirmed an earlier report that rats may develop aversions to novel flavors initially presented to them up to 2 days following surgery. Results further suggested that this effect is primarily due to anesthesia induction and that it is responsive to type of anesthetic, age of subjects, and time factors. The phenomenon is hypothesized to be an associative one that has design implications for studies involving surgical interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-42
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiological Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Physiology


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