Sensory suppression during feeding.

@article{Foo2005SensorySD,
  title={Sensory suppression during feeding.},
  author={Hayley Foo and Peggy Mason},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2005},
  volume={102 46},
  pages={16865-9}
}
Feeding is essential for survival, whereas withdrawal and escape reactions are fundamentally protective. These critical behaviors can compete for an animal's resources when an acutely painful stimulus affects the animal during feeding. One solution to the feeding-withdrawal conflict is to optimize feeding by suppressing pain. We examined whether rats continue to feed when challenged with a painful stimulus. During feeding, motor withdrawal responses to noxious paw heat either did not occur or… CONTINUE READING

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