Perception and Sensation Smell!
Molecules from the air reach receptors in your nose • Sniffing enhances aromas • Receptors send messages to Smell Cortex in the Temporal Lobe (located in brain) • Limbic System as well (memory/emotion) How do we smell?
Difficult to recall odors by name, but amazing ability to recall long forgotten odors and their associated memory! • Pleasant odors = pleasant emotions • Certain odors can cause us to remember negative experiences – become frustrated. Smell and Emotions
Can we tell if someone is male or female based on odor alone? Smell and Emotions
Gender Related Odors • Able to discriminate between male and female smells with over 80 percent accuracy! • Females tend to be more accurate smellers than males Smell and Emotion
How do we smell? • How do odors affect our emotions? Review!
Perception and sensation Taste!
Receptor cells on our tongue project taste into the pores in our taste buds. • Receptors respond to 1 of 5 taste sensations : sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami (meaty flavor) How do we taste?
Sensory Interaction : principle that one sense may influence another • Smell + texture + taste = flavor What else can influence taste? Taste Cont.
Our exposure to certain foods at a younger age can influence our taste buds Cultural Influences on taste
“Try it, you’ll like it!” Taste Preferences