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Neurophysiological Aspects of Sweetness

  • Thomas R. Scott
  • Barbara K. Giza
Part of the ILSI Human Nutrition Reviews book series (ILSI HUMAN)


In the natural environment, sweetness can nearly always be equated with energy. Consequently its detection is associated with a powerful hedonic appeal which declines only as energy needs are met. In this chapter we will first describe the sensory code by which sweet stimuli are represented and then discuss the neural basis of the hedonic response to sweetness and its malleability by physiological need.


Conditioned Stimulus Nucleus Tractus Solitarius Conditioned Taste Aversion Taste Cell Taste Quality 
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  • Barbara K. Giza

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