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The Behavior of the Laboratory RatA Handbook with Tests$
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Ian Q. Whishaw and Bryan Kolb

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162851

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162851.001.0001

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(p.105) 10 Taste
The Behavior of the Laboratory Rat

Alan C. Spector

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the methodological and conceptual issues associated with some common behavioral procedures used to assess taste function. It focuses on laboratory rodents, but many of the principles can be generalized to other species. Topics discussed include stimulus preparation, intake tests, oromotor and somatic taste reactivity, brief-access taste test, and taste stimuli as conditioned cues.

Keywords:   laboratory rats, taste function, stimulus, taste tests, taste reactivity, conditioned cues

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