SAGE Journal Articles

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Reine C. van der Wal and Lotte F. van Dillen 
Leaving a Flat Taste in Your Mouth: Task Load Reduces Taste Perception 
Psychological Science July 2013 24: 1277-1284, first published on May 30, 2013 doi:10.1177/0956797612471953
  • What are some examples of how the different senses are involved in taste perception?
  • How might activities and sensory input (when eating) influence taste perception?
  • How can task difficulty influence what we eat?
  • How are reward systems in the brain involved in consumption habits?
  • What are the cognitive limitations of taste perception?
Leonardo Belluscio and Diana M. Cummings 
Charting Plasticity in the Regenerating Maps of the Mammalian Olfactory Bulb 
Neuroscientist, June 2008; vol. 14, 3: pp. 251-263., first published on April 17, 2008 
  • How is the retina involved in map generation? What is the purpose of map generation?
  • How is the olfactory bulb involved in taste? What are odorant receptors?
  • What are the different maps associated with the olfactory bulb, and what are their purposes?
  • How does the glomerulus process odor? How do cells regenerate and turnover in the odor column?
  • Does activity influence smell? How and why?
Alan C. Spector and Susan P. Travers 
The Representation of Taste Quality in the Mammalian Nervous System
Behav Cogn Neurosci Rev September 2005 4: 143-191, doi:10.1177/1534582305280031
  • What are the different types of ion channels? How are they involved in taste reception?
  • How are taste bud cells tuned? Why would tuned cells still be susceptible to convergence when responding to taste?
  • What is the entropy measure? What do the different scores of the measure correspond with?
  • What are the different types of gustatory fibers and what do they respond to? How does the brain interpret activity in the different types of fibers?
  • What are brainstem and forebrain processing, and how are they involved in neural coding in the central gustatory system?
  • What are the different ways that the central gustatory system can be temporally coded?