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!
  • TED
  • 4 min.
Your selections: Taste
From building a spinal cord to discerning the flavor of a jelly bean, the five activities and crafts presented here will help your students understand how the human nervous system works.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant when a waiter walks by with a hot plate of your favorite food, and your mouth starts to water. But why?
  • American Chemical Society
  • 3 min
The side effects of acetazolamide can disrupt the sense of taste in a very specific way.
American chef Bryan Voltaggio describes how he experiments with flavors to create unique dining experiences for his guests.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 94 min
What if the number 7 tasted like chocolate? What if Monday was purple? This is what life is like for someone with synesthesia. Learn more about this fascinating neurological trait with this video.
  • TED
  • 4 min
Every day you taste many different things. Have you ever wondered how well you detect different tastes? Find out with this activity!
  • Scientific American
Did you know that an adult human can distinguish up to 10,000 different smells? Learn more about your amazing sense of smell in this video.
  • TED
Learn why some people experience taste more intensely than other people in this video excerpt from NOVA scienceNOW.
  • Teachers' Domain
Find out what the nose knows and the mouth leaves out in this experiment.
  • Scientific American
Supertasters sense food's flavor more strongly than most. Check your tongue for clues about your tasting tendencies!
  • Scientific American
If you developed a super-sour food, to whom would you try to sell it?
  • Scientific American
Students are introduced to brain structure, neurotransmitters, hormones, and neural networks in this nine part lesson.
  • Baylor College of Medicine

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