Washington: Have a blocked nose? Surely, the yummiest food tastes awful. Latest research validates the belief that a blocked nose plays spoilsport with one`s taste buds, stripping food of flavours.
At the outset they predicted that the rat`s sense of smell would not be affected by changes in its taste system. "But we were wrong," said Katz. They concluded that the "smell test" of rat`s breath was a good enough cue for them to prefer one food over another. "We discovered in this experiment that the sensory systems don`t work in isolation from each other," said Katz, according to a Brandeis release. "One part of the cortex takes direct input from the nose, and one part from the tongue, and while it`s convenient to think that the nose and taste receptors operate independently, they don`t," he adds.
The study appeared this week in Nature Neuroscience. IANS
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