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The gustatory cortex, or primary gustatory cortex, is a region of the cerebral cortex responsible for the perception of taste and flavour. It is comprised of the anterior insula on the insular lobe and the frontal operculum on the frontal lobe.
Activation of the sweet and bitter cortical fields in awake mice evokes predetermined behavioural programs, independent of learning and experience, illustrating the hardwired and innate nature of the sense of taste.