Effect of Varying Sucrose Concentration on Macrobehavioral Aspects of Licking in the Rat

Jeffrey W. Fagen, Robert F. Rycek, Elsbeth G. Ritz, Gary E. Shoemaker

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Abstract

Rats (eight male, eight female) were trained to lick 32% and 4% sucrose solutions for three minutes per day on four consecutive days. Measures of the number of licks revealed robust positive and negative contrast effects. Analysis of the burst-pause pattern of licking revealed that the decrease in licking characteristic of the negative contrast effect resulted from a decrease in the number of bursts, while the increase in licking characteristic of the positive contrast effect was the result of a shortening of the interburst interval.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of General Psychology
Volume109
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1983

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Effect of Varying Sucrose Concentration on Macrobehavioral Aspects of Licking in the Rat. / Fagen, Jeffrey W.; Rycek, Robert F.; Ritz, Elsbeth G.; Shoemaker, Gary E.

In: Journal of General Psychology, Vol. 109, No. 2, 10.1983, p. 181-187.

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Fagen, Jeffrey W. ; Rycek, Robert F. ; Ritz, Elsbeth G. ; Shoemaker, Gary E. / Effect of Varying Sucrose Concentration on Macrobehavioral Aspects of Licking in the Rat. In: Journal of General Psychology. 1983 ; Vol. 109, No. 2. pp. 181-187.
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