A possible way to minimise temporary neophobic
avoidance by rats on islands would be the prebaiting, i.e.
Generally speaking, the most active, neophylic or bolder people tend to be labeled as "explorers", while the more inactive, neophobic
or more timid people tend to be labeled as "non-exploratory" (Reale et al., 2007).
Nociceptin/orphanin FQ increases anxiety- related behavior and circulating levels of corticosterone during neophobic
tests of anxiety.
Vogel, "The free-exploratory paradigm: an effective method for measuring neophobic
behaviour in mice and testing potential neophobia-reducing drugs," Behavioural Pharmacology, vol.
Seven days prior to testing, rats (n = 9) were exposed to each foodstuff (AS, BS, and RC) in a 1-h training session to reduce neophobic
responses during testing.
Therefore, group-living species may be less neophobic
and/or more explorative (Greenberg and Mettke-Hofmann, 2001).
"In addition to these possible unintended consequences to other animals, poisons can cause rodents suffering; animals may show outward signs of pain and distress and it may take days before the anticoagulant takes full effect; the poisons are designed to be slow-acting because these animals are neophobic
- meaning they have a deep fear of new things or changes.
To minimize neophobic
behavior, we applied in the present report the object recognition protocol described elsewhere  in which animals are handling for 7 consecutive days and then introduced to the test apparatus for several sessions of habituation (5 days) without and with objects before the start of the object recognition test.
The references are passing, and occasionally appear neophobic
in aligning science with the baseness of the modern age, but are balanced with more considered reflections.
Habits of eating a variety of foods acquired before the neophobic
phase track further on into childhood, adolescence and early adulthood .
During infancy, children are thought to develop a neophobic
(fear of new foods with a reluctance to eat) response (Dovey et al, 2008), which has been described as a 'developmental phase' that may serve a protective function ingrained from when our ancestors foraged for food (Martins, 2002).
Banana-flavored solution was also used to produce stronger neophobic
effects that might result in group differences on Day 1 due to the swim experience.