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Flavor-illness aversions: the peculiar roles of odor and taste in memory for poison

Science  16 May 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4445, pp. 753-755
DOI: 10.1126/science.7367891

Abstract

When either taste or odor alone was followed by poison, rats acquired a strong aversion for the taste but not for odor, especially if poison was delayed. When odor-taste combinations were poisoned, however, odor aversions were potentiated, as if odor could gain the enduring memorial property of taste by associative contiguity.