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.
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
Although most of us don’t think of it in this way, the related senses of taste and smell help us interpret the chemical world.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
During this lab activity, students will explore two types of sensory processes. First, they will investigate how one identifies different flavors. Then, they will explore the ways the brain interprets the visual images that reach the eye.
  • University of Pennsylvania
Learn how our taste buds work and why some of us are sensitive to bitter tastes. Detailed graphics and sound clips explain the mechanics of taste and evolutionary consequences of bitter sensations.
  • University of Utah
This site provides experiments on hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision designed for students in primary and secondary school classrooms.
  • Center for Behavioral Neuroscience
In this lesson by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn about their five senses.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

3D Brain

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