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Olfactory cues mediate food selection by young chicks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8190807     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
An illness-induced aversion paradigm was used to assess the possible influence of olfactory cues on food selection by young chicks. At 2-3 days posthatching, chicks were exposed briefly to food scented with a novel odor (orange) followed by an injection of LiCl or saline. LiCl-injected chicks subsequently displayed stronger avoidance of orange-scented food than did the controls. Chicks in a second experiment were preexposed to novel-scented food, then either injected with LiCl or not injected. The LiCl chicks, but not the controls, later avoided food associated with the preexposure odor (relative to food treated with an unfamiliar odorant). Two- to three-day-old chicks are capable of associating specific food odors with negative consequences and modify their feeding behavior as a function of such experience.
I Turro; R H Porter; M Picard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiology & behavior     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0031-9384     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiol. Behav.     Publication Date:  1994 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-06-17     Completed Date:  1994-06-17     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0151504     Medline TA:  Physiol Behav     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  761-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Station de Recherches Avicoles, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Centre de Tours-Nouzilly, France.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Appetitive Behavior
Association Learning
Avoidance Learning
Color Perception
Conditioning, Classical
Food Preferences / psychology*
Lithium Chloride / toxicity
Reg. No./Substance:
7447-41-8/Lithium Chloride

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