SHale_Module 03 Written Assignment - Sensory Worksheet_042416

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The sensation of taste is probably one of the most enjoyable of the senses. The sensationof taste is used by most individuals every day; and often times greatly influences an individual’snutrition. For example, if a person particularly enjoys sour tastes, they might seek out moreacidic food. There are five different “tastes”; salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umami (Bradbury,2004). Tiny, innervated structures called taste buds are the site for sensory input regarding taste(Bradbury, 2004). There can be up to one hundred taste receptor cells arranged within each tastebud (Bradbury, 2004). Taste receptor cells are epithelial cells with some neuronal properties(Bradbury, 2004). The taste buds are innervated by the chorda tympani and the glossopharyngealnerve; these nerves then carry the sensory information to the brain (Bradbury, 2004). Thesensation of taste is also linked to the sensation of smell; which is why people who have suffereddamage to their olfactory sense often experience a decrease in taste perception.The sense of smell can be incredibly important; just think, being able to smell a gas leakcan be the difference between life and death. Even on an average day, an individual’s sense of

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Olfaction, Sinauer Associates, Bradbury

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