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Brain Perceives Taste With All Senses: Study

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Our brain relies on not just one but all the senses to anticipate taste, a new study suggests.

The study, by researchers from the Stony Brook University in the US, may change the way neuroscientists think about the role of the gustatory cortex – the part of the brain responsible for the perception of taste.

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“We found that the gustatory cortex receives information from all the senses, not just taste,” said Alfredo Fontanini, from Stony Brook University in the US.

“Not all the non-gustatory stimuli are equally effective in activating the gustatory cortex, those that can easily be linked to taste tend to recruit more neurons. Olfaction is particularly effective,” said Fontanini.

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Gustatory cortex’s ability to represent stimuli of multiple modalities is greatly boosted by learning that they can predict taste, the researchers said.

The study appears in the journal eLife.

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