BAIT SHYNESS

refers to animals avoiding foods that have previously been associated with gastric distress or other adverse effects. This learned avoidance is very rapid (often occurring after a single trial) and long-lasting - even though the aversive effects may not occur for several minutes or even hours after ingestion. See also conditioned taste aversion.

BAIT SHYNESS: "An animal with bait shyness has learned to avoid foods that have caused discomfort in the past."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BAIT SHYNESS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/bait-shyness/ (accessed November 30, 2020).
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