Corpus ID: 39416008

Norway Rats' Communication About Foods and Feeding Sites

  title={Norway Rats' Communication About Foods and Feeding Sites},
  author={Galef and Guy Bennett},
  • Galef, Guy Bennett
  • Published 1995
  • Biology
  • After interacting with a recently fed "demonstrator" rat (Rattus nowegicus), a nalve "observer" rat exhibits substantial enhancement of its preference for whatever food its demonstrator ate. Such social effects on food preference in rats are surprisingly robust and able to reverse both congenital flavor preferences and poison-induced, learned flavor aversions. Analysis of the pheromonal signals emitted by demonstrator rats that alter the food preferences of their observers indicates that… CONTINUE READING

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