• Lloyd M. Beidler
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Many living forms, from bacteria to humans, can detect and discriminate a large number of chemicals in their environment. The major function is associated with food selection and consumption. In many species of fish, amphibians, humans, and other mammals, the sense organs of taste are clusters of cells called taste buds. In mammals they are found primarily on the tongue and soft palate with a smaller number in other areas of the oral cavity.


Sweet Taste Taste Cell Taste Quality Circumvallate Papilla Gustatory Cortex 
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Further reading

  1. Beets MGJ (1978): Structure-activity Relationships in Human Chemoreception. London: Applied Science PublishersGoogle Scholar
  2. Beidler LM, ed (1971): Handbook of Sensory Physiology. Vol 4.Chemical Senses. 2. Taste. Berlin: Springer-VerlagGoogle Scholar
  3. Pfaff DW, ed (1985): Taste, Olfaction, and the Central NervousSystem. New York: Rockefeller University PressGoogle Scholar

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