Effects of airstream accessibility on airlicking in the rat

Joseph Mendelson, Steven Zielke, John S Werner, Lois M. Freed

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Abstract

Two experiments were done to determine whether tongue-airstream contact provides sufficient reinforcement to sustain airlicking in water-deprived rats. In the first experiment the rats' access to the airstream was restricted by placing a Plexiglas plate with a hole in it in front of the drinking tube from which an airstream was emerging. As the diameter of the hole decreased from session to session, the rats stopped airlicking, although they would still drink water from the tube. In the second experiment the rats' access to the airstream was restricted by placing a Plexiglas plate underneath the drinking tube. As the distance between the drinking tube and the plate decreased, the rats' airlicking extinguished although they would still drink water from the tube. It is concluded that anterior tongue-airstream contact provides insufficient reinforcement for airlicking; rather, the posterior tongue and/or non-lingual oral tissues must come into contact with the airstream in order to sustain airlicking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-130
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1973
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Airlicking
  • Orolingual cooling
  • Reinforcement in airlicking
  • Tongue-cooling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology (medical)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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