Revusky, Samuel H.
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Psychology
Two experiments were designed to show that a rat should prefer the flavored substance it is made familiar with in a specific drug state when tested in that drug state. Each experiment used two states: phenobarbital and saline (normal state) in Experiment 1, amphetamine and saline (normal state) in Experiment 2. Rats were allowed to consume one flavored substance while in the drug state and a different flavored substance while in the normal state. Subsequently, the rats were given a choice between both flavors either in the drug state or the normal state. In Experiment 1, they preferred the saline-correlated flavor regardless of whether they were drugged or not. In Experiment 2, they preferred the saline-correlated flavor in the normal state and had no discernible preference between the flavors in the drug state. These results failed to demonstrate state-dependent familiarization to flavors, but they do show that consumption of a flavored water while drugged with phenobarbital produces an aversion to that flavor. It is uncertain if a similar conclusion can be reached about amphetamine.
Kahn, Irwin, "An attempt to obtain state-dependent familiarization to flavors" (1970). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1194.
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