Conditioned cues elicit feeding in sated rats: a role for learning in meal initiation

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Science  22 Apr 1983:
Vol. 220, Issue 4595, pp. 431-433
DOI: 10.1126/science.6836286


Pavlovian conditioning was used to teach rats an association between an arbitrary external cue and food. Presentation of the conditioned cue elicited feeding by sated animals. The meal constituted approximately 20 percent of daily intake, and it was compensated for by a reduction of subsequent intake.