A theory of associating food types with their postingestive consequences.

  title={A theory of associating food types with their postingestive consequences.},
  author={Jonathan M. Yearsley and Juan J. Villalba and I J Gordon and Ilias Kyriazakis and John R Speakman and Bert J. Tolkamp and Andrew W. Illius and Alan J. Duncan},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={167 5},
Animals often face complex and changing food environments. While such environments are challenging, an animal should make an association between a food type and its properties (such as the presence of a nutrient or toxin). We use information theory concepts, such as mutual information, to establish a theory for the development of these associations. In this theory, associations are assumed to maximize the mutual information between foods and their consequences. We show that associations are… CONTINUE READING
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