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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Eating tasty food activates our brain’s reward system and makes us crave more.
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More than one-third of COVID-19 patients experience neurological symptoms.
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Eating too much sugar over-activates the brain’s reward areas, leading to cravings and addictive behaviors.
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And other neuroscience news for the week of October 26, 2020.
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David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian just won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their research on the receptors that sense touch and temperature. We spoke with them about their work in 2020.
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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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A look at the back of your throat provides insight into the brain.
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