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State dependence of olfactory perception as a function of taste cortical inactivation

Nature Neuroscience volume 13, pages 158159 (2010) | Download Citation

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As anyone who has suffered through a head cold knows, food eaten when the olfactory system is impaired tastes 'wrong', an experience that leads many to conclude that taste stimuli are processed normally only when the olfactory system is unimpaired. Evidence that the taste system influences olfactory perception, however, has been vanishingly rare. We found just such an influence; if taste cortex was inactivated when an odor was first presented, later presentations were properly appreciated only if taste cortex was again inactivated.

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  1. Program in Neuroscience, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Yaihara Fortis-Santiago
    • , Benjamin A Rodwin
    • , Selin Neseliler
    • , Caitlin E Piette
    •  & Donald B Katz
  2. Volen National Center for Complex Systems, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Yaihara Fortis-Santiago
    • , Selin Neseliler
    • , Caitlin E Piette
    •  & Donald B Katz
  3. Department of Psychology, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

    • Donald B Katz

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Y.F.-S. performed and analyzed the experiments and wrote the manuscript with D.B.K. (who guided the experiments). B.A.R. contributed data and analysis of temporarily ageusic rats and assisted C.E.P. with the electrophysiology. S.N. performed histology and imaging experiments.

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Correspondence to Donald B Katz.

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