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Contextual factors in neophobia and its habituation: The role of absolute and relative novelty

Honey, Robert Colin, Pye, Catherine, Lightbown, Yvonne, Rey, Veremundo and Hall, Geoffrey 2007. Contextual factors in neophobia and its habituation: The role of absolute and relative novelty. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 45B (4) , pp. 327-347. 10.1080/14640749208401009

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Abstract

In four experiments we investigated the role of contextual cues in the habituation of neophobia in rats. Experiment 1 showed that the consumption of a novel flavour increased across a series of presentations in one context (A) but fell when the flavour was subsequently presented in a second, novel, context (B). In Experiments 2 and 3, subjects again received exposure to a flavour in context A, but also were familiarized with the test context, B. These subjects consumed the flavour with equal readiness, whether it was presented in Context A or in Context B at test. Experiment 4 replicated the results of Experiment 1 and also showed that the consumption of a novel flavour was not influenced by whether it was presented in a novel or a familiar context. Several mechanisms by which the novelty or familiarity of the context might interact with the novelty or familiarity of the flavour were discussed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 0272-4995
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:08
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/90817

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