How Smell Affects Taste

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How Does Smell Affect Taste?

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1. Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………………….1 2. Scripture Reference…………………...………………..…………………………………....2 3. Research Section………………………………………………………………………..…..3-5 4. Hypothesis…………………………………………………………………………………………6 5. Materials List……………………………………………………………………………………..7 6. Procedure…………………………………………………………………………………………8 7. Observation/Results/Conclusion………………………………………………………9-13 8. Works Cited……………………………………………………………………………………..14 9. Acknowledgements …………………………………………………………………………..15

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to experiment if smell affects taste. In the hypothesis it is stated that when the nose is plugged the taste of a jellybean will be affected. It is also hypothesized that when a subject is given a certain flavor of jellybean to taste they will remember the taste of the same flavored jellybean with the smell impaired.

A brief overview of the experiment is as follows. Eight subjects will be tested for their sense of taste. They were given four different flavors of jellybeans to taste twice, once with a nose plug and once without. Group one was asked to taste the first flavor of a jellybean with the nose plugged first. Then they were given the same flavor of jellybean to taste without the nose plug. The same procedure was used with the remaining three flavors. In contrast, group two was given the jellybean to taste without the nose plug first and with the nose plug second. The four flavors of the jellybeans were tasted in this order: marshmallow, lemon, pear, licorice.

The results for each independent variable are as follows. The nose plug did affect the taste of the jellybean. But, group two did not remember the taste of the jellybean when the nose was unplugged. In both groups, taste was affected and flavors were not easily guessed.

Scriptural Reference

Taste
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
I chose this Bible verse because it is very important that as Christians we actively seek God in all things. Even though we really do not “taste” God, we need to thirst for His Word and love. In return, we will see that He is good, we receive His blessing, and find that He is our refuge.

Smell
“The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in His heart: Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.” Genesis 8:21 (NIV) God uses His senses like we do. He created us in His own image and made us to have senses. God finds obedience to be pleasant just as we think the smell of red roses is pleasant to our nose. Research

The human body was created by God to have five different detected senses: taste, smell, hearing, touch, and sight. Taste and smell are the two senses that people have to help us enjoy food. They are separate, but also related. Much can be learned about the correlation between taste and smell and how they affect each other. Taste is the sense that comes from food molecules touching the taste buds on the tongue. The taste buds send signals to the brain which then translates the signals into a taste. Taste buds are nerve receptors on the tongue and palate. Different parts of the tongue have specific receptors for different types of tastes. There are thousands of taste buds on the tongue, each with a surface opening called a taste pore. At the base, microvilli sensors pick up the molecule. The molecule gets changed by sensory cells of the taste bud into a nerve impulse. The signal gets sent to the brain through the glossopharyngeal nerve to the brainstem, then to the thalamus, and on to the forebrain. That signal is translated to a specific taste (Swindle, Mark).

On the tongue, different tastes are picked up on different parts of the tongue. First, the sweet taste buds occur on the outside part of the...
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