Food aversion learning in japanese monkeys (macaca fuscata): A strategy to avoid a noxious food

Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Yoshinori Hasegawa

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Abstract

Japanese monkeys consumed two kinds of food, the novel almonds and the familiar sweet potatoes, simultaneously, and then received a cyclophosphamide injection (20 mg/kg) intravenously. As the food-poison pairing was repeated, they first avoided the novel food completely, and then came to suppress eating the familiar one. During the subsequent extinction tests, the aversion to the familiar food was extinguished rapidly. whereas the aversion to the novel one was retained more than 2 months. In food aversion learning in a mixed situation, monkeys have a strategy to avoid a noxious food on the basis of the novelty of the food.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-255
Number of pages9
JournalFolia Primatologica
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1983

Keywords

  • Cyclophosphamidc
  • Feeding behavior
  • Feeding strategy
  • Food aversion learning
  • Macaca fuscata
  • Noxious foods
  • Poisoning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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