Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Why is it so?

We take so much for granted. What a grand satemsnt! Nevertheless I was reminded of it yesterday when I read this fascinating blog post, researching for News Bytes. Taste is something I tend to take for granted and yet it plays such an important part in my life. Fascinating then, to consider just how it works.

Taste and texture
Taste is a notoriously difficult sense to study. My son Jim can’t stand baked potatoes, but I can’t get enough of them. I don’t like watermelon, but the rest of my family gobbles it up. Even more perplexingly, I do like watermelon candy. With all the individual differences in taste, how can scientists learn anything specific about how the sense works?


You can read the whole post from Cognitive Daily
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