How Smell Affects Taste

Topics: Taste, Olfaction / Pages: 9 (2027 words) / Published: Mar 24th, 2013
How Does Smell Affect Taste?

Table of Contents

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.”



Cited: 1. American Academy of Otolaryngology. “How do Taste and Smell work?” http://www.etnet.orgHealthInformation/smellTaste.crm 2010. 2. Frank, Robert. "Taste–smell Interactions Are Talent and Odorant Dependent — Chem. Senses." Oxford Journals | Life Sciences & Medicine | Chemical Senses. Web. 7 Dec. 2010. <http://chemse.oxfordjournals.org/content/13/3/445.short>. 3. Smith, David V. "How Taste Works." World Book Encyclopedia. Vol. T. 2006. 4. Swindle, Mark. "How Odors Are Detected." World Book Encyclopedia. Vol. Smell. 2000. 5. Swindle, Mark. "Structures Important In Smell." World Book Encyclopedia. Vol. Smell. 2000. Acknowledgements I would like to thank God for making the human body so interesting and wonderful. Also, I would like to thanks my teachers and parents for helping me learn and create my project.

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