The effect of interrupted sexual activity upon the well-rehearsed feeding response


Adult male albino rats were given preliminary opportunity to engage in sexual interaction with the female and then trained to eat daily during a fixed two-hour interval. On test evenings, just prior to the regularly scheduled feeding period, each S was given interrupted sexual experience with a receptive female. A reliable diminution in subsequent food intake was observed. This finding was interpreted as possessing relevance to Cofer & Appley’s invigoration hypothesis.


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This research was supported in full by the Research Committee of the University of Alabama.

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Siegel, P.S., Jackson, D.E. The effect of interrupted sexual activity upon the well-rehearsed feeding response. Psychon Sci 1, 337–338 (1964).

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