The neural mechanisms of gustation: a distributed processing code.


Journal Article (Review)

Whenever food is placed in the mouth, taste receptors are stimulated. Simultaneously, different types of sensory fibre that monitor several food attributes such as texture, temperature and odour are activated. Here, we evaluate taste and oral somatosensory peripheral transduction mechanisms as well as the multi-sensory integrative functions of the central pathways that support the complex sensations that we usually associate with gustation. On the basis of recent experimental data, we argue that these brain circuits make use of distributed ensemble codes that represent the sensory and post-ingestive properties of tastants.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Simon, SA; de Araujo, IE; Gutierrez, R; Nicolelis, MAL

Published Date

  • November 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 890 - 901

PubMed ID

  • 17053812

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17053812

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-003X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nrn2006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England