Our knowledge of the sense of taste is not as complete as it could be due to the fact that tasting typically does not occur without smelling and other sensory input.
What we like to eat is the gustatory stimulus.
The mole cules are dissolved in a liquid.
You know the source of the saliva when you eat dry foods.
The first few bites are likely to be bland and dry, but when your saliva starts flowing, the full flavor of the food comes through.
Each taste bud has between 50 and 100 taste buds.
Some of the taste buds can be found in the back of your throat, on the roof of your mouth, and inside your cheeks.
Being a supertaster can have drawbacks as well as benefits.
Supertasters don't like strong-flavor foods and beverages.
Supertasters have better cholesterol profiles and tend to be slimmer.
The number of taste buds increases as a child gets older.
Our sense of taste goes down as we get older.
The most credible theories suggest that the solution may attach to or fit into the receptor sites.
The microvilli membranes are sensitive to taste.
The basic tastes are sweet, sour, metallic, bitter, salty, and fat.
The basic tastes theory makes sense, but there may be a problem.
Write down some possible answers.
A second taste could be represented by high activity levels of only two types of receptors, whereas a single taste could be represented by high activity levels of all of them.
It has been determined that taste perception may be more complicated than previously thought.
It appears that the perception of a salty taste may be due to changes in the concentration of sodium ion in the saliva.
The nucleus in the medulla in the hindbrain is where the gustatory nerve goes from the taste buds.
The information travels from the midbrain to the primary gustatory cortex in the forebrain.
You can determine the nature of the taste at this point.
The taste that we experience is determined by two factors, one of which is the pattern of firing across the taste neurons that travel to the cortex.
Our taste experience can be affected by the nature and amount of brain activity.
Wine tast ers show a burst of electrical activity in brain areas that deal with memory and emotional responses that normal people don't show.
When tasting wine, the sommeliers are likely to have a more elaborate experience.
Humans have learned to like many different tastes.
Different food sources in different locations and countries have led to cultural and ethnic differences.
Many people eat insects and animals.
"Diversity is our delight.
Taking certain medications can change our taste.
Changes in taste perception are listed as side effects for 70% of drugs prescribed for high cholesterol, and over one-third of drugs prescribed for hypertension.
Sense of smell but certain odors are important.
If we could not smell anything, our world would seem bland.
Many animals, such as bloodhounds, can detect and discriminate among many more odors.
The smell is of the olFaCtory stImulus.
Molecules in the air produce odors.
The easier it is for a substance to mix with the air, the easier it is for us to smell it.
It is easy to detect gasoline and glass molecule mix with air.
Some people can't describe the smell of glass or common odors.
More than 2 million Americans don't have the ability to smell.
The most common cause is head trauma, which can shear off axons that run from the olfactory nerves to the brain.
Specific olfactory deficits may be characteristic of specific disorders.
People with Parkinson's disease can't identify the odors of pizza, clove, and wintergreen, whereas people with schizophrenia can.
Olfaction has not received the same amount of research attention as vision and hearing.
It is difficult to look at the olfactory receptors directly.
The function of the nose is to collect and filter the air we breathe.
There is a thin layer of mucus.
The mucous layer helps bind olfactory stimuli.
The olfactory stimuli are broken down because of the mucus.
The olfactory bulb emits 2 gasses.
These impulses to the temporal of the olfactory receptors are carried by nerve impulses to the olfactory bulb.
The cells in the nose are high in Cilia from the flower.
The olfactory receptors are dying and being replaced.
The lifespan of an olfactoryreceptor is between five and eight weeks.
Humans have between 300 and 500 types of olfactory receptors, while mice have as many as 1,000.
Families of different types cluster together.
A message is sent to the brain when air molecule enter a receptor site.
The other senses take a different route to the brain than the olfac tory nerve does.
The amygdala is part of the limbic system and is where some of the olfactory nerve fibers go.
The psyCholoGICal is used to understand olFaCtory proCessInG.
It is more difficult to tell if an unfamiliar odor is present if it is mixed with another unfamiliar odor than it is if it is mixed with a familiar odor.
The psychological aspects of olfaction were considered in order to understand the olfactory sense.
The view of olfactory pro cessing has been modified due to research findings.
The olfactory system seems to work by comparing patterns of neural activity to patterns in our memories.
We can smell a particular odor when the two match up.
We can learn a new smell and store it in our memory for future use.
Some claims in popular psychology lead to sound experiments and meaningful discoveries.
In the early 1980s, most people didn't like the idea of spraying a scent in the air to improve productivity.
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In New York subway cars, a researcher reported similar results in a large commercial firm.
Sex-based differences in sensitivity and odor memory can be seen in the olfactory systems of men and women.
An investigator presented 80 different odors to men and women.
The par ticipants were told what the smell was after sniffing it several times.
Women performed better on odor recognition tests than men.
Among the 63 odors women learned to identify better than men were cigarette butt, leather, pipe tobacco, ginger, honey, and machine oil.
Men were more familiar with the smells of bubble gum, after-shave, and ammonia than women were.
The results have been replicated and seem to be well established.
Women with high levels of estrogen in the inner ear may have better olfactory abilities than men, and women may pay more attention to olfactory that allows us to make adjustments than men.
It will be interesting to see what answers further research brings and to determine if there are cultural differences as well.
An experiment that proved the interdependence of smell and taste in expe riencing a flavor was reported by one set of researchers.
They put a flavor on a participant's tongue and asked them to identify it.
When participants were able to smell, they were correct on most occasions, but when the experimenter prevented them from smelling, they were often unable to identify it.
When partici pants were able to taste and smell coffee, its flavor was correctly identified nearly 90 percent of the time.
When they were allowed to only taste it, its flavor was less than 5% of the time.
You can demonstrate it yourself.
Close your eyes, hold your nose, and have a friend put something in your mouth.
We often confuse different flavors when we must rely on taste alone.
The smell of food is a good indicator of what we are eating and how it tastes.
Our perception of taste is influenced by odors and odor memories.
The sensation of taste is amplified when an odor component is added.
Vision, hearing, taste, and smell are important senses, but they are not the only ones.
If you have ridden a roller coaster at an amusement park, worn a piece of clothing that was too small, or put your hand into a pan of water, you are aware of your other senses.
The somatosensory (bodily) processes are discussed in this section.
The canal is filled with a fluid that moves when the head moves.
Hair cells located in the canal bend when the fluid in the canal moves.
The hair cells send information to the brain.
If you want to experience the system, you have to move your head.
You should not have a problem.
Move the book while you are reading.
The act of reading should be more difficult.
Our head movement has an effect on the vestibular system.
We can make adjustments to keep our world in this gymnast's performance if we sense movement in our eyes, head, and body.
We can orient ourselves to our environment with this perspective.
You are aware of your proprioceptive sense if you fail to duck sufficiently when going through a low doorway.
Information about the limb cord is sent to the somatosen motion sory cortex in the brain.
Even though we don't pay much attention to the skin that provides information about muscular adjustments and receptors that are involved in adapting to our environment, these are crucial for effective, efficient adaptation to our environment.
Some sections of our skin are packed with many different types of skin cells that respond to different types of cutaneous information.
The outer layer of the skin has many of the same receptors.
The hypothalamus is a major regulatory center in the brain and is located in the preoptic area of the spine.
Extreme heat or cold, toxic chemicals, or breaking of the skin are some of the harmful stimuli that cause the sensation of pain.
Think about the different types of pain you have experienced.
A bright, sharp pain can be caused by a pinprick, whereas a dull, chronic pain can be caused by physical overexertion.
Pain helps us adapt to the environment.
Our understanding of pain has been influenced by Price.
A short oral cord should be prepared for the spinal student by the axons of the pain neurons.
Substance P causes the brain to send information about pain to the spinal cord, which in turn causes the brain to process basic facts.
The substance P opens the pain gate.
The release of substance P is blocked and the pain gate is closed.
Pain, stress, and thrilling situa tions are some of the conditions that cause the release of endorphins.
Female athletes had higher pain thresholds than female nonathletes.
Cultural differences in the response to pain have been reported.
The properties and operation of the five major senses are summarized in the study chart.
Hairs are located in the air.
The smell is stimulated by the smell in the air.
Hearing disorders can be caused by damage to the bones of memories.
perception is the process of organizing and making sense of the stimuli in our environment, as we discussed at the beginning of this chapter.
Research on vision has learned a lot about perception because we rely so much on the visual sense.
To understand perceptual processes, we focus on visual.
Many of the processes that we discuss also apply to other senses, so try to use these principles to describe the perception of sounds, tastes, and odors as well as pressure, pain, and temperature.
It is not a simple matter of perception.
Our discussion of perception begins with a description of how perception is influenced by motivation and attention.
We don't perceive everything in our environment because of our motives.
Certain stimuli are more likely to get our attention.
Think back to the part about only seeing the billboards advertising food.
The other billboards activated your recep tors, but you didn't see them because they weren't related to hun ger.
You begin to notice other things now that your need for food has been satisfied.
You become aware of billboards for gas stations.
We can't process all of the stimuli received by our sensory systems at the same time.
The need to filter information is an example.
In dichotic listening experiments, a different message is presented to each participant's ears, and the participant is asked to recall both messages.
Special headphones and a tape recorder are usually used in these experiments.
Three people can accomplish the same goal if they have the right equipment.
Place three chairs side by side.
A person on the right and a person on the left are reading the same book.
Try to repeat or write down whatever you remember after a fixed amount of time.
A male voice in one ear and a female voice in the other ear can be used to create interesting variations of this basic procedure.
If you try to listen to both messages at the same time, you will end up getting confused.
Some intriguing information about human perception has been uncovered by research in this area.
The scene is a typical weekend party, with lots of the ability to discriminate people doing lots of talking.
Suddenly you hear your name mentioned in a conversation on the other side of the room while you are having a conversation with five or six friends.
Your name was not shouted, and you don't know anything else that was said.
You have been processing other conversations during your conversation with your friends.
Only when the content included something important, like your name, did the conversation enter your consciousness.
It is possible to listen to two messages at the same time.
To practice is the answer.
The more you learn how to process two separate messages at the same time, the more skilled you will become.
Most of us can listen to a CD while driving.
Our attention is divided between the visual stimuli and the CD.
We don't want you to think that trying to divide your attention is a good goal.
The number of traffic accidents caused by people talking on cell phones while driving is a good example of a potentially dangerous situation.
Some aspects of stimuli determine which ones get our attention.
People tend to pay more attention to larger, louder, or more colorful stimuli.
You can see how advertisers exploit this phenomenon by watching television commercials.
You are attracted to stimuli that stand out from the objects around them.
Advertisers use bright colors quickly when something happens.
When contrast and surprise combine, our attention is given to unusual shapes.
For example, if your instructor wore pajamas to class, this unusual occur motion would attract our attention.
The complete picture is not provided by motivation and attention.
There are basic perceptual abilities that we use to respond to stimuli.
Patterns, constancy, depth, and movement are some of the features that we see in objects in our environment.
Our perception of these objects and their features is so automatic that we often take them for granted.
They are important components of perception.
They are described in detail in this section.
The ability to perceive patterns is one of the most basic perceptual abilities.
We must be able to see a number of shapes and figures to survive in modern society.
The letters of the alphabet, traffic signs, friends' facial features, food items in the gro cery store, buildings in an apartment complex, and automobiles in a parking lot are some of the patterns we deal with every day.
There are several theories about the process of pattern perception.
We start from the bottom and work our way up to the point where we can see the building.
When an object is assembled, it is matched against an object in memory.
We can identify the item if there is a match.
We probably look for the memory that resembles the most closely if there is no match.
If we look at the task of recognizing words, the bottom-up changes in the model of feature analysis run into problems.
If your environment had changed completely, you don't have to treat every perceptual change as such.
Once you have identified an object, you can still see it even if it's not where you are.
A change in the image doesn't mean a change in the object.
Perceptual constancies allow us to deal with our environment in a stable and unchanging way.
The shape of an object is not seen by the eye in the same way.
It's easy to demonstrate this phenomenon.
There is a book being held in different places.
The opening and closing of a door and the image of a car making a left turn are both examples.
The object you perceive is not the same as the image on your retina.
The principle of shape constancy is displayed by almost any moving object.
The object must be seen in an identifiable context for the perception of shape constancy to occur.
If there is no context or background to which the object can be related, it appears to float in space, and you cannot judge its correct orientation.
As objects move closer to us, their images enlarge; as they move further away, their images diminish.
We don't see the size of those objects changing, but we see them moving away from us.
Our familiarity with the object and our ability to judge distance determine the size of the object.
We are more likely to see the size of the objects as constant when we are dealing with familiar objects.
The objects may appear to be smaller when we are dealing with unfamiliar objects.
Consider a classic example to understand this point.
C. M. Turnbull was studying the BaMbuti Pygmies in the dense forest of the Belgian distance or the size of other objects.
He traveled from one group of Pygmies to another.
See the On one trip, which took him across the plains, he was accompanied by a youngster, end of the chapter for another photo that gives you a better idea as to the Kenge, who had spent his entire life in the dense forest.
I have never been on the size of this object.
Kenge tried to compare the distant buffalo to the various beetles and ants that he was familiar with.
Imagine Kenge's surprise when he saw the buffalo grow larger as they drove by.
Our culture and experiences have an effect on our perception of real life and pictures.
Because they are automatic processes, size and shape constancy may seem simple, but they involve a lot of processing.
We are using familiar background objects to anchor our per ceptions.
We have difficulty seeing the correct size and distance if the background objects are eliminated.
In the story of Kenge, we can't judge size well without objects with which to make comparisons.
Without a back ground to anchor our perception, moving objects may appear to change shape rather than just move in space.
Auditory constancies are an important part of perception.
Words are the same when they are spoken by many different people.
A melody is recognizable even when it is played on different instruments.
The question of how we can perceive depth or distance has puzzled psychologists for decades.
We are able to judge distances and locate objects in space, even though the surface of the retina is two-dimensional.
Our perception of depth is created by two main types of cues.
A weak, nonprecise cue and binocular disparity are two binocular cues.
Eye muscle adjustments are the first thing we should consider.
The muscles that support our eyes allow us to see better.
They give feedback for judging distance.
The eyes rotation toward a center point when objects are near.
When you look at objects that are close, you can feel the tension in your muscles.
Slowly move the book closer to your eyes to experience this sensation.
The closer the book is to you, the less eye muscle strain you experience.
The difference between eye muscle adjustments and binocular disparity is more precise.
It's obvious that you don't see the same thing with both eyes if you open and close one.
The closer the object is, the bigger the difference between what the two eyes see.
A sense of depth is created when the images from both eyes are combined.
Researchers have identified cortical cells that respond to binocular disparity, assuming that the activity of these cells is a primary cue for depth.
Close one eye and align your two index fingers to show binocular disparity.
Now look at something with different eyes.
This is worse when the fingers are closer to the face than they are at arm's length.
The use of both eyes is used to help determine distance when the ciliary muscles are used to change the shape of the lens.
Interposition and brightness are two of the monocular cues for depth perception.
You should look around the room you are in and see other examples of these cues after you have studied the three photographs.
In order to demonstrate the importance of binocular and mon ocular cues for depth perception, psychologists have investigated whether this ability is innate or learned.
The bottom of one side of the chamber is easy to reach and the bottom of the other side is deeper.
The cham ber is covered in glass.
A test participant is placed on a small platform in the center of the visual cliff and must choose between crawling to the shal low or deep side.
The child will be mobile.
Babies as young as 2 to 4 months old had a higher heart rate when placed on the deep side of the cliff.
The highest honor that can be bestowed on a scientist by the president of the United States is the National Medal of Science, which was awarded by George Bush in 1992.
We are born with the ability to organize the elements of our perceptual world in very predictable ways according to the founders of Gestalt psychology.
The goal of the automatic organizing processes is to produce the best perception of our environment.
The grouping of elements and figure-ground distinctions are some of the most familiar of these processes.