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.
Getting rid of unneeded synapses is a key part of brain development.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 1 min
How much do you know about how your senses work?
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Learn about the neuroscience behind synesthesia in this video which won first place in the 2016 Brain Awareness Video Contest.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 5 min
From building a spinal cord to discerning the flavor of a jelly bean, the five activities and crafts presented here will help your students understand how the human nervous system works.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
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

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.