RSS Recent Posts by Arlene Taylor

  • Taste & Smell November 30, 2020
    How well you taste is impacted by how well you "smell." What you perceive as taste is a complex interaction of tongue-tasting and nose-smelling. Chewing your food forces air up into your nose, which carries chemicals that trigger olfactory receptors. The olfactory receptors are distance chemoreceptors, meaning they do not have to make direct contact with […]
  • Tongue & Taste November 27, 2020
    Can you tell me what part of my tongue “tastes” sweet versus sour? My granddaughter asked me that the other day and I couldn’t answer the question. I told her I’d ask you. No, I cannot answer her question, per se. You may tell her, however, that apparently the tongue appears not to be divided […]
  • Thanksgiving! November 26, 2020
    This year there will only be two of us for Thanksgiving dinner in the USA. I’m struggling to find something for which to be thankful. It’s been such a stressful year!  My little French Grandmother used to say, “When you think there is nothing to be thankful for, that is the time to choose to […]
  • Tasting "Tastes" November 25, 2020
    Taste buds replace themselves every 10-14 days so you can become accustomed to new foods quite quickly, if you choose to do so. Taste buds are able to sense five distinct tastes: salty, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami or savory. Each on is linked to specific chemicals in foods. Generally, most human beings find salty, […]
  • Taste in Your Brain November 24, 2020
    You “taste” because of messages that are sent to the brain from your taste buds, where they are decoded. Each taste bud, formed from a group of 50–150 receptor cells, is embedded in the surface of the tongue and makes contact with what you eat and drink via a taste pore. Different tongues have differing […]
  • Brain & Taste November 23, 2020
    I’m looking forward to the tastes and smells that mean Thanksgiving day, but I don’t really understand how they impact each other. I know that when I have a stuffy nose I cannot smell well . . . Your brain and body is absolutely amazing, although it can be easy to take for granted what […]
  • You don't say! November 20, 2020
    If you can smile when things go wrong, you may have someone in mind to blame. I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they're flashing behind you. Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local community swimming pool, so I gave […]
  • Brain Pain November 19, 2020
    In some ways—as far as the brain is concerned—‘pain is pain.’ You may have heard yourself or others describe experiences of social rejection as being painful. The question has been whether such descriptions are more metaphorical than physical. Researchers have been studying if there is something really ‘painful’ about social pain and the experience of […]
  • Brain & Social Pain November 18, 2020
    Holidays can be a mixed bag, often a combination of joy and pain. Some time ago brain researchers identified regions in the brain that appear to register physical pain. More recently, scientists have been studying social pain and its fingerprint in the brain. There are many different types of social pain, such as: being the […]
  • Empathy or Not November 17, 2020
     I am dating someone who says, "I have no empathy. Do not expect any from me." Do some people really have no “empathy.” Is that possible?  The online Free Dictionary describes ‘empathy’ as the ability to identify with or understand the perspective, experiences, or motivations of another individual and to comprehend and share another's emotional […]