Social Transmission of Food Preference

In this task, the subject is evaluated for the ability to learn about the safety of food from its conspecifics.  Rodents are able to learn about potential food sources by sampling those sources on the breath of littermates.  This task can be used to assess memory for the sampled food at various intervals.


In this task, a demonstrator eats the cued food.  The demonstrator subject is then allowed to interact with an observer subject.  The observer subject is then tested for its preference of the cued food versus a novel food.

Social Transmission of Food Preference

Behavioral Tasks

Social Transmission
of Food Preference

Rat Services
Fear Conditioning
Morris Water Maze
Radial Arm Maze
T Maze
Social Interaction
Ultrasonic Vocalization
Conditioned Taste Aversion
Conditioned Place Preference
Novel Object Recognition
Open Field
SHIRPA Primary Screen
Elevated Plus Maze
Light-Dark Box
Social Recognition
Social Transmission
    of Food Preference
Basic Neurological Screens
      ° Vision Penlight
      ° Hot Plate
      ° Tail Immersion
      ° Grip Strength
      ° Gait Analysis
      ° Balance Beam
      ° Forced Swim
      ° Tail Suspension

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