Taste aversion states that humans are apt to have an aversion to food if they become sick afterwards. This is an example of classical conditioning, which is a type of learning in which individuals learn to associate stimuli. If you associate a certain food with getting sick, you are more likely to avoid eating that food. The example we discussed in class was how taste aversion was used against predators. Farmers would inject sheep with a poison that would make wolves sick if they ate the sheep. As time passed, the wolves began to associate getting sick with eating the sheep. Due to this association, the wolves would literally run in the other direction when they saw a sheep.
This type of association is also seen in humans. When I was about 7 or 8 years old I remember playing outside and my mother brought me Snyder’s honey mustard pretzel bites. Shortly after eating them I got sick and threw up. I remember it like it was yesterday and to this day, about 12 years later, I still will not eat that type of pretzels. This has occurred multiple times over the past few years but none as bad as the pretzel incident. We discussed in class how some taste aversions only last for a few days while other can last years. For me, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat that type of Snyder’s pretzels ever again.