Alcohol interacts with flavor during extinction of conditioned taste aversion

Christopher L. Cunningham

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Intraperitoneal injections of ethanol (1.2 g/kg) given 30 min before taste-aversion extinction trials retarded extinction of aversion to a quinine-hydrochloride solution, did not affect extinction of aversions to sucrose or hydrochloric-acid solutions, but facilitated extinction of aversion to a sodium-chloride solution. These results do not support the general belief that ethanol retards extinction, but seem more consistent with the suggestion that IP injection of ethanol produces a taste which interacts with the tastes of orally ingested substances. Some implications of this possibility for the study of pharmacological agents on conditioned taste aversion are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-516
Number of pages7
JournalPhysiological Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Physiology


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