Conditioned Taste Aversion

This task is used primarily to assess the subject's ability to learn about the consequences of food selection.  It is designed to mirror natural food selection behavior in rodents.


In conditioned taste aversion, the subject is fed one flavor of water or pellets for several days.  Then, a novel flavor of food or water is introduced, and paired with a LiCl injection that causes nausea.  The subject is later given a choice between the original and novel flavor.  The level of learned aversion is calculated as the amount of the novel substance consumed over the amount of the original substance.

Conditioned Taste Aversion

Behavioral Tasks

Conditioned Taste Aversion

Rat Services
Fear Conditioning
Morris Water Maze
Radial Arm Maze
T Maze
Social Interaction
Ultrasonic Vocalization
Conditioned Taste Aversion
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SHIRPA Primary Screen
Elevated Plus Maze
Light-Dark Box
Social Recognition
Social Transmission
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