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Food choice in the laboratory pigeon.
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PMID:  22750307     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although food reward plays a large role in learning and behavioral experiments, there have been few studies examining the most motivating food reward for pigeons. Brown (1969) found that pigeons had a tendency to prefer peas, while Killeen et al. (1993) found pigeons to prefer peas and popcorn in Experiment 1A. We looked to further explore these options as well as expand upon the types of foods examined beyond mainly grains and seeds. Pigeons were presented with six novel foods (granulated peanuts, popping corn, freeze-dried mealworms, bread crumbs, split peas, and sunflower hearts) allocated into two sets of three food items. Once the most consumed food from each food set was determined, they were pooled together with sorghum seeds (a familiar food) to form a third set. Sunflower hearts were the most consumed of all the food items, followed by corn and granulated peanuts. We discuss the potential factors mediating consumption choice, including nutritional profile and food particle size.
Traci Biedermann; Dennis Garlick; Aaron P Blaisdell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural     Date:  2012-06-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behavioural processes     Volume:  91     ISSN:  1872-8308     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav. Processes     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-24     Completed Date:  2013-01-10     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703854     Medline TA:  Behav Processes     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  129-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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MeSH Terms
Choice Behavior*
Eating / psychology
Food Preferences / psychology*
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