Learning and the persistence of appetite: extinction and the motivation to eat and overeat.

@article{Bouton2011LearningAT,
  title={Learning and the persistence of appetite: extinction and the motivation to eat and overeat.},
  author={Mark E. Bouton},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={103 1},
  pages={51-8}
}
The modern world is saturated with highly palatable and highly available food, providing many opportunities to associate food with environmental cues and actions (through Pavlovian and operant or instrumental learning, respectively). Basic learning processes can often increase the tendency to approach and consume food, whereas extinction, in which Pavlovian and operant behaviors decline when the reinforcer is withheld, weakens but does not erase those tendencies. Contemporary research suggests… CONTINUE READING
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