Cross-talk in oral sensory systems: Failures of specificity or integrative processes?
Multiple Paper Presentation
John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale University
Abstract ID Number: 46
Throughout the gustatory system are sensitive to mechanical and thermal stimulation. Theories of taste perception have ignored this multimodal responsiveness because of the absence of any obvious perceptual correlates. However, data will be reviewed which show that under certain conditions, temperature can evoke taste qualities ("thermal taste") and mechanical stimulation can influence the perceived location of taste. These psychophysical phenomena, and new data pertaining to both, will be discussed in terms of whether the interactions reflect failures of receptor specificity that add only noise to the afferent signal, or adaptive mechanisms that help integrate multimodal oral stimulation into coherent perceptions of foods, beverages, and flavor.
To be Presented at the Following Symposium:
The Multisensory Quartet - Smell, Taste, Chemesthesis, and Flavor.
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