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.
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
Find out what the nose knows and the mouth leaves out in this experiment.
  • Scientific American
Supertasters sense food's flavor more strongly than most. Check your tongue for clues about your tasting tendencies!
  • Scientific American
If you developed a super-sour food, to whom would you try to sell it?
  • Scientific American
Students are introduced to brain structure, neurotransmitters, hormones, and neural networks in this nine part lesson.
  • Baylor College of Medicine
Everyone knows a picky eater — a former classmate of mine ate only cereal, pasta and milk — but why does picky eating exist?
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Cockroaches are quickly evolving to avoid precisely the yummy, sweet-tasting poisoned baits that I was using to keep them out of my kitchen.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Why and how we overeat
The brain receives information about the outside world via the senses. But how much of this information do we actually notice?
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Synesthesia is a condition in which stimulation of one sense automatically evokes a perception in an unstimulated sense.
  • BrainFacts/SfN

3D Brain

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