Measuring your taste threshold

Ask questions about projects relating to: biology, biochemistry, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, pharmacology/toxicology, zoology, human behavior, archeology, anthropology, political science, sociology, geology, environmental science, oceanography, seismology, weather, or atmosphere.

Moderators: MelissaB, kgudger, Ray Trent, Moderators

Measuring your taste threshold

Postby a.wittmann » Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:19 pm

I did an expiriment from this site about meausuring your taste threshold. I did my basic research on tatse buds but now I need to research the relationship of the brain and the taste buds/receptors. Where do they travel and what part of the brain receives the message of the taste? What other things is this part of the brain used for? :?:
a.wittmann
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:49 pm
Occupation: "Student:7th grade
Project Question: Measuring your taste threshold
Project Due Date: Completed
Project Status: I am finished with my experiment and analyzing the data

Re: Measuring your taste threshold

Postby a.wittmann » Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:58 pm

Also can you tell me the connection with the nose and the brain?
a.wittmann
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:49 pm
Occupation: "Student:7th grade
Project Question: Measuring your taste threshold
Project Due Date: Completed
Project Status: I am finished with my experiment and analyzing the data

Re: Measuring your taste threshold

Postby sunmoonstars » Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:14 am

Hi there,

That's an interesting set of questions. To help you, I used a Google search (using the words "taste buds brain") and found lots of great sites that I think answer your questions. Like this one:

http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/tasty.html

This one might be a bit more difficult to read:
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/08/04/science/how-the-taste-bud-translates-between-tongue-and-brain.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

Please check these out and let me know if you need more help on these questions!

Good luck with your research :)

Tonya
sunmoonstars
Expert
 
Posts: 336
Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:47 pm
Occupation: Product Manager - Genomics
Project Question: n/a
Project Due Date: n/a
Project Status: Not applicable

Re: Measuring your taste threshold

Postby a.wittmann » Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:45 pm

Thankyou that was a great help. Is there anything you know about the relationship between the nose and the taste buds?
Amerine
a.wittmann
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:49 pm
Occupation: "Student:7th grade
Project Question: Measuring your taste threshold
Project Due Date: Completed
Project Status: I am finished with my experiment and analyzing the data

Re: Measuring your taste threshold

Postby sunmoonstars » Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:51 pm

Hi Amerine,

I don't know much about that from experience. I learned alot reading through the pages I linked (and others). Did you have a specific question I can help you with?

Tonya
sunmoonstars
Expert
 
Posts: 336
Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:47 pm
Occupation: Product Manager - Genomics
Project Question: n/a
Project Due Date: n/a
Project Status: Not applicable

Re: Measuring your taste threshold

Postby a.wittmann » Wed Mar 28, 2012 2:36 pm

NO it's just that the research I did was a bit complicated so I wanted to know if there was a simple way of explaining it
a.wittmann
 
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:49 pm
Occupation: "Student:7th grade
Project Question: Measuring your taste threshold
Project Due Date: Completed
Project Status: I am finished with my experiment and analyzing the data

Re: Measuring your taste threshold

Postby sunmoonstars » Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:38 am

Hi,

Finding a simple way to explain complicated data is a common challenge in science. We can help if you need it, but of course you would have to show us the data and the questions you were trying to ask. Or if you want to give it a good try first and then post your charts, we can look.

Good luck! It's so exciting to have data to share :)

Tonya
sunmoonstars
Expert
 
Posts: 336
Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2008 3:47 pm
Occupation: Product Manager - Genomics
Project Question: n/a
Project Due Date: n/a
Project Status: Not applicable

Re: Measuring your taste threshold

Postby heatherL » Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:59 pm

Hi there,

Here is some information regarding my understanding about the relationship between your nose and your taste buds. While your nose cannot technically "taste," your sense of smell does contribute to your ability to taste. That said, it is possible to taste without being able to smell. I knew someone who was born without the ability to smell, and she was able to taste her foods just fine.

Your sense of smell and your sense of taste are related. Both senses involve chemoreceptors, which are little sensors that detect chemicals (usually organic molecules). The primary difference between smelling and tasting is that smelling detects chemicals in the air, whereas tasting detects the chemicals you put in your mouth. Because airborne chemicals often arrive at your nose far away from their source, your sense of smell is pretty sensitive and can detect chemicals in small amounts. Since you put food into your mouth, your taste buds do not have to work hard to detect the chemicals there. When you eat, some of the organic molecules from the food are vaporized (put into the air), and you can smell them; that is how your sense of smell enhances your sense of taste.

I hope that helps. Let us know if you have more questions.

Heather
heatherL
Moderator
 
Posts: 889
Joined: Tue Sep 06, 2005 3:59 pm
Occupation: Professor
Project Question: How do different animals adapt to their environment?
Project Due Date: N/A
Project Status: Not applicable

Re: Measuring your taste threshold

Postby Megara7 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:24 pm

There's some great facts above, but I just thought that I should add this. We just did this in my psychology class.

The only connection between the taste buds and the olfactory cells (smelling cells) is through the brain. There are on 5 things you can taste (bitter, sweet, sour, spicy, and umami (protien)). So, if you plug your nose and close your eyes, you shouldn't be able to recognize what you're eating by the taste (you normally can feel the texture).

This is a great site to visit to learn more: http://www.senseofsmell.org/

Oh, and also, your sense of smell is connected to memories too.

The pathway of smelling

in through the nasal vestibule (nose hole) -> into the nasal cavity -> up to the olfactory sensory cells ->up to the olfactory bulb -> to the brain!

Image

Image

I hope I helped. If you want me to go more in-depth, I can, but I didn't want to give the whole project to you.
“Nobody important? Blimey, that’s amazing. You know that in nine hundred years of time and space and I’ve never met anybody who wasn’t important before.”
— The Eleventh Doctor
Megara7
Expert
 
Posts: 66
Joined: Fri Nov 11, 2011 3:06 pm
Occupation: Student: 11th grade
Project Question: n/a
Project Due Date: n/a
Project Status: Not applicable


Return to Grades 6-8: Life, Earth, and Social Sciences

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests