Gustatory cortex

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.

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    The identity and hedonic value of tastes are encoded in distinct neural substrates; in mice, the amygdala is necessary and sufficient to drive valence-specific behaviours in response to bitter or sweet taste stimuli, and the cortex can independently represent taste identity.

    • Li Wang
    • , Sarah Gillis-Smith
    • , Yueqing Peng
    • , Juen Zhang
    • , Xiaoke Chen
    • , C. Daniel Salzman
    • , Nicholas J. P. Ryba
    •  & Charles S. Zuker
    Nature 558, 127-131
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    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.

    • Yueqing Peng
    • , Sarah Gillis-Smith
    • , Hao Jin
    • , Dimitri Tränkner
    • , Nicholas J. P. Ryba
    •  & Charles S. Zuker
    Nature 527, 512-515

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