Paper in Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes
  • Albertella, L. and Boakes, R., A. (2006). Persistence of conditioned flavor preferences is not due to inadvertent food reinforcement. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 32(4):386-395.

    Almond preferences were produced by giving rats a mixture of almond and sucrose (Experiments 1-4) or saccharin (Experiment 4). A subsequent extinction procedure consisted of either repeated 2-bottle almond versus water tests (Experiment 1) or repeated exposure to almond alone (Experiments 2-4). The main independent variable was whether access to food following a session was given immediately, 30 min later, or 120 min later. No effect of extinction was found in any experiment. An important finding was that varying the delay until food access had no detectable effect. It was concluded that inadvertent flavor-food associations do not maintain preference for the flavor under extinction conditions.