The Gustatory World

  • Paul A. Moore


The chemical senses are routinely underappreciated by humans. Our social world is geared toward stimulating our eyes and ears and ignores our noses and tongues. Survey after survey reveals that humans rank the chemical senses as the least important sense, and a majority of people feel that life would be fine without these senses. More detailed research displays that the sense of taste is relegated even lower than olfaction on this ranking. This ranking is further exacerbated by the knowledge that the flavor from our foods is mainly aromas being detected by our olfactory system. No longer really used for survival function, except for taste testers and cup bearers, taste really only serves for pleasure purposes during our meals. For humans, at least, our taste buds are a minor addition to our perceptual toolbox.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul A. Moore
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  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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