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!
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Your selections: Taste
And other neuroscience news for the week of August 10, 2020.
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The hundreds of visible bumps that cover your tongue are not, in fact, taste buds.
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Sense organs are the brain’s windows to the outside world.
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Specialized cells in taste buds detect molecules released during chewing.
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Your sense of taste and smell help you enjoy your favorite dish or avoid it when it’s gone bad.
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The question may sound bizarre, but for people with synesthesia, days of the week might have their own colors, shapes, textures — even smells!
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  • 4 min
A look at the back of your throat provides insight into the brain.
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What does yummy taste like?
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The popular tongue map showing specific areas for each taste is wrong.
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Hearing words that evoke visions of color or seeing letters that have gender are just a few examples of experiencing synesthesia. Jessica Johnson investigates this tangling of the senses.
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Our senses do more than tell us when something smells sweet, or feels soft — they help us interpret our environment. This presentation will help you teach students how the brain processes our senses.
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Have you ever wondered how you can catch a ball, see the color blue, taste chocolate, smell bad breath, or hear a bird song? Learn more in this Brain Awareness Week webinar.
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  • 53 min

3D Brain

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