Taste

Image of a cartoon character jumping in the air with fire coming out of its mouth after eating a spicy food.
When you take a bite of a hot pepper, your body reacts as if your mouth is on fire -- because that's essentially what you've told your brain!
  • TED
  • 4 min.
You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant when a waiter walks by with a hot plate of your favorite food, and your mouth starts to water. But why?
  • American Chemical Society
  • 3 min
The side effects of acetazolamide can disrupt the sense of taste in a very specific way.
Scientists are investigating why the taste of food you love (or hate) can conjure up such strong memories.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
American chef Bryan Voltaggio describes how he experiments with flavors to create unique dining experiences for his guests.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 94 min
What if the number 7 tasted like chocolate? What if Monday was purple? This is what life is like for someone with synesthesia. Learn more about this fascinating neurological trait with this video.
  • TED
  • 4 min
Every day you taste many different things. Have you ever wondered how well you detect different tastes? Find out with this activity!
  • Scientific American
Did you know that an adult human can distinguish up to 10,000 different smells? Learn more about your amazing sense of smell in this video.
  • TED
I can’t resist them. Especially on the hot, humid days that are commonplace here in South Florida. The first sips are heaven and the rest are like hell gone wild in my brain as I sweat from the heat outside my body.
  • Speaking Honestly - Animal Research Education
Although sensory systems share basic features of organization, each is uniquely designed to respond to a particular aspect of the world.
  • The Dana Foundation
Through complex systems that begin with cells that respond to physical stimuli and send signals through a maze of brain circuits, we can know — both consciously and otherwise — what goes on around us and within our bodies.
  • The Dana Foundation
Imagine hearing a bird chirp and seeing the color yellow. This is what life may be like for someone with synesthesia. Explore the unique experiences of a synesthete and learn more about this rare condition.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 5 min
Learn why some people experience taste more intensely than other people in this video excerpt from NOVA scienceNOW.
  • Teachers' Domain

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