Gustatory System

Robert F. Lundy, Ralph Norgren

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The receptors for gustation are located in the oral cavity, which brings food and fluids from outside the body into the gastrointestinal tract. Taste buds work in concert with oral thermal and tactile receptors to evaluate these substances. As with many external stimuli, humans can describe both the quality and intensity of sapid chemicals with considerable accuracy. As with many internal stimuli, humans also describe tastes in affective terms; they are either pleasant or aversive. Thus, on a number of dimensions, the gustatory system spans the exteroceptive and interoceptive sensory domains. The focus of this chapter is on the organization of the gustatory system within the rodent brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Rat Nervous System
Subtitle of host publicationFourth Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780080921372
ISBN (Print)9780123742452
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)


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