Acquisition and waning of exposure-induced attraction to a nonnatural odor in rat pups.

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Journal Article

The present experiments examine acquisition and waning of exposure-induced attraction to a nonnatural odor in rat pups. I found that (1) acquisition of attraction induced by experience of an odor associated with the mother (M-E) and of attraction induced by experience of an odor in the general environment (S-E) had similar time courses and were of similar magnitude in pups less than 20 days of age; (2) waning of S-E-induced attraction to a nonnatural odor was far more rapid than waning of M-E-induced attraction; (3) M-E and S-E to an odor were less effective in pups greater than 20 days of age than in pups less than 20 days of age; and (4) although pups greater than 20 days of age receiving M-E to an odor exhibited enhanced attraction to that odor, pups of equal age receiving S-E to the same odor did not.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Galef, BG

Published Date

  • September 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 479 - 490

PubMed ID

  • 7128946

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7128946

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-2302

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0012-1630

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/dev.420150510

Language

  • eng