Airlicking and Cold Licking in Rodents

  • Joseph Mendelson


Hendry and Rasche (1961) accidentally discovered that when water-deprived rats are exposed to a stream of air, they will lick the stream persistently (Figure 1). To the naïve observer, airlicking (AL) looks very much like water drinking, and both behaviors generate similar interlick-interval histograms (Oatley and Dickinson, 1970). Since the discovery of AL, a number of experiments have been published concerning its reinforcing and satiating effects and the organismic and airstream parameters that govern its occurrence.


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  • Joseph Mendelson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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