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17. Taste aversions are a type of classical conditioning,
Taste aversions are a type of classical conditioning, and if there is a long delay between the CS and US, conditioning is usually prevented. The fact that people and animals can develop taste aversions even though sickness occurs long after eating indicates that
- taste aversions are really more like operant conditioning.
- taste aversions can be unlearned as well.
- there is a biological tendency to associate sickness with any food eaten earlier.
- there is less aversion associated with the actual sickness than with whatever caused the sickness in the first place.