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I'm prepared to be laughed at here, but what about the Giant Panda? It's
not exactly adapted for a bamboo only diet, isn't this addictive behaviour?
One problem, I suppose, is how one might define addictive behaviour in
animals in their natural environments, given that they largley do not have
the "free" time as it were, to indulge behaviours as humans can thanks to
our (in the developed parts of the world at any rate) having taken away the
time spent gathering food etc. Surely the lab experiments demonstrate the
principle that animals are capable of addictive behaviour given the "right"
There's a rboader problem around defining things as evidence of addictive
behaviour when they're not related to physiology- e.g. some drug use can be
addictive, but is say, gambling genuinely addictive in the same way? I
believe the psychology community (and policymakers) largely think so. But
then, what do I know...
> From: Philip Jonkers
> Reply To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2001 1:44 pm
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> Subject: Re: Spoiled Reward-Pathway Hypothesis
> Philip wrote:
> > > Consistent with the ideas presented above, addiction in animals
> > living
> > > in a natural environment is very improbable. Does anybody know of
> > > cases reporting animal addictive behavior?
> > >
> Joe wrote:
> > In studies of addiction performed upon chimpanzees, 'junkie
> > monkeys' eagerly extende their arms for their daily fix; rats would
> > push a lever which electrostimulated the pleasure centers in their
> > brains rather than other levers that fed them, to the point of
> > starvation, and other such results were reported with the
> > dispensation of cocaine to rats.
> I already knew that animals can be tempted into addictive behavior
> in a lab-environment. My question was actually about possible cases
> of animal addiction in non-lab environment, i.e. in their natural
> habitat. Do you know of any?
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