Is the bitter rejection response always adaptive?

  title={Is the bitter rejection response always adaptive?},
  author={J. Glendinning},
  journal={Physiology & Behavior},
  • J. Glendinning
  • Published 1994
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Physiology & Behavior
  • The bitter rejection response consists of a suite of withdrawal reflexes and negative affective responses. It is generally assumed to have evolved as a way to facilitate avoidance of foods that are poisonous because they usually taste bitter to humans. Using previously published studies, the present paper examines the relationship between bitterness and toxicity in mammals, and then assesses the ecological costs and benefits of the bitter rejection response in carnivorous, omnivorous, and… CONTINUE READING
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