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Maternal Influences on Offspring Food Preferences and Feeding Behaviors in Mammals

Bennett G. Galff

in Maternal Effects in Mammals

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226501192
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226501222 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226501222.003.0008
Maternal Influences on Offspring Food Preferences and Feeding Behaviors in Mammals

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This chapter investigates how offspring food preferences and feeding behaviors in mammals are influenced by maternal effects. It discusses the behavioral and cognitive mechanisms through which mammalian mothers may influence the development of food preferences and feeding behavior of their offspring, drawing on experimental studies of laboratory rodents as well as observations of free-ranging animals. The analysis reveals that the behavioral processes supporting such maternal effects vary from species to species, ranging from exclusively maternal influences on dietary preferences of weanlings mediated by flavors of foods to influences that all adults can have on the young.

Keywords: food preferences; feeding behavior; offspring; mammals; maternal effect; dietary preferences

Chapter.  9859 words. 

Subjects: Animal Behaviour and Behavioural Ecology

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