The relevance of propriosense to flavour learning

Before we leave the discussion about our five senses we should mention the other very important flow of information to our brain that probably plays the single most important part in whether we remember the flavour of the food or drink just consumed as good or bad. I refer to what is sometimes described as propriosense that incorporates all the information received by the brain about the state of the body. Many sensory channels are involved in this, both nervous, for example, the information...

The role of all the senses in flavour perception

For us humans sight is the most far reaching sense that we have and we usually first become aware of potential food sources because of it. It may seem unusual that we discuss vision in the context of flavour but there is now convincing evidence that the appearance of an object can influence our perception, recognition and liking of its flavour (Zellner and Kautz 1990). There is also the much publicised study that showed that experienced wine tasters were quite unable to correctly describe and...

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Future trends

There is no doubt that advances in brain scanning techniques have greatly improved our knowledge of how the brain develops and functions. The present generation of body scanners have, of course, been designed with medical diagnostic applications as the first priority but they are not wholly suitable for studies on eating and drinking. Most fMRI scanners are configured such that the subject lies prone and is introduced into the magnet coil horizontally. Consuming foods and beverages when lying...

Trigeminal chemosensitivity chemesthesis 241 Fibres and receptors

In combination with tastes and aromas, oral and nasal irritation contributes to the flavour profile elicited by a food or a beverage. The term 'irritation' encompasses a broad range of discriminable sensations that involve the action of a cranial nerve, nerve V or trigeminal nerve, belonging to the somatosensory system and providing most of the innervation of the face, including the nasal and oral cavities along with the cornea and conjunctiva of the eye. Two branches of the trigeminal nerve,...

Conculation Encapulation

The retention of aroma compounds in a polysaccharidic matrix is mainly due to two factors 1. Diffusion of aroma compounds in the matrix, which increases when the temperature of the matrix or its water content increases and when the size or the molecular weight of the volatile compound decreases. Furthermore, in the presence of water, diffusion increases with water solubility of aroma compounds. 2. Physicochemical interactions between the aroma compounds and the matrix. The higher the affinity...