How Smell Affects Taste Essay

2030 Words Jun 2nd, 2013 9 Pages
How Does Smell Affect Taste?



Table of Contents

1. Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………………….1
2. Scripture Reference…………………...………………..…………………………………....2
3. Research Section………………………………………………………………………..…..3-5
4. Hypothesis…………………………………………………………………………………………6
5. Materials List……………………………………………………………………………………..7
6. Procedure…………………………………………………………………………………………8
7. Observation/Results/Conclusion………………………………………………………9-13
8. Works Cited……………………………………………………………………………………..14
9. Acknowledgements …………………………………………………………………………..15

Abstract


The purpose of this project is to experiment if smell affects taste. In the hypothesis it is stated that when the nose is plugged the taste of a jellybean will
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Lastly, the bitter taste buds are located in the far back of the tongue. There are some taste buds on the palate that pick up different tastes (Smith, David).
Smell, on the other hand, is the sense that comes from odor molecules attaching to the olfactory nerve. Air carries the odor into the nose. Then odor contacts the olfactory nerves at the top of the nasal passages. The the olfactory nerves send a signal to the olfactory bulb of the brain, and the nerve sends a signal to the front of the brain. The forebrain translates the signals of the odor into a specific smell (Swindle, Mark).
Smell and taste are so interrelated that many scientists think that taste is about 80% of aroma and 20% actual taste (American Academy of Otolaryngology). It changes as people age, the sense of smell seems to be better in adults than in kids. Usually at age 60 or over, adults may start to lose their sense of smell. Scientists have proven that women have a better sense of smell than men. People who have head injuries often lose their sense of smell and lose weight because the taste of the food they eat has been impaired through the injury. Also, people with sinus problems or upper respiratory problems lose weight because of a decreased sense of smell and appetite (American Academy of Otolaryngology).
In previous studies, Frank and Byram’s article suggest that taste and smell interactions are dependent on taste and odor. In their experiments, they gave subjects strawberry…