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Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 201–203 | Cite as

Taste/taste potentiation as a function of age and stimulus intensity

  • Stephen F. Davis
  • Scott A. Bailey
  • Angela H. Becker
  • Cathy A. Grover
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Abstract

Bouton, Dunlap, and Swartzentruber (1987) and Davis, Best, and Grover (1988) have shown that the aversion conditioned to a target taste can be enhanced or potentiated by the presence of a second taste during the conditioning episode. In the present experiment, groups of young (80-day-old) and old (150-day-old) rats were exposed to a CS composed of one or two tastes, respectively, prior to lithium-induced toxicosis. The results indicated that taste potentiation was shown by the younger subjects only when weaker fluid concentrations were employed. However, the effect was shown by the older animals under both weak and strong concentrations.

Keywords

Conditional Stimulus Saccharin Taste Aversion Saccharin Solution Saccharin Aversion 
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© The Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen F. Davis
    • 1
  • Scott A. Bailey
    • 1
  • Angela H. Becker
    • 2
  • Cathy A. Grover
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyEmporia State UniversityEmporia
  2. 2.Texas A&M UniversityCollege Station

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