Synergism of a compound unconditioned stimulus in taste aversion conditioning

A. W. Kusnecov, M. G. King, A. J. Husband

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Anti-lymphocyte serum (ALS) and lithium chloride have both previously been used successfully as unconditioned stimuli in taste aversion conditioning paradigms in rats. This report substantiates those findings but shows that when the two stimuli are given as a compound unconditioned stimulus in association with saccharin flavoured drinking solution, the conditioned taste aversion response following a second exposure to saccharin alone is more profound than that following conditioning with either ALS or LiCl alone. These results demonstrate synergism between the two stimuli when given together.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)531-533
Number of pages3
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


  • Anti-lymphocyte serum
  • Compound unconditioned stimulus
  • Conditioned taste aversion
  • Lithium chloride


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