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Cognitive expectations about odor safety related to airway inflammation. New research findings highlight the role that expectations can play in health-related outcomes.
According to new research from the Monell Center, receptors for stress-activated hormones have been localized in oral taste cells responsible for detection of sweet, umami, and bitter. The findings suggest that these hormones, known as glucocorticoids, may act directly on taste receptor cells under conditions of stress to affect how these cells respond to sugars and certain other taste stimuli.
New research examines the relationship between odor pleasantness and how we make judgments about others.
Olfactory cues enable noninvasive eavesdropping on the immune system. New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that immunization can trigger a distinct change in body odor.
Behavioral and gene studies establish functionality of sweet taste perception in this endangered species.
Despite the popular conception of giant pandas as continually chomping on bamboo to fulfill a voracious appetite for this reedy grass, new research from the Monell Center reveals that this highly endangered species also has a sweet tooth. A combination of behavioral and molecular genetic studies demonstrated that the giant panda both possesses functional sweet taste receptors and also shows a strong preference for some natural sweeteners, including fructose and sucrose.
Leslie J. Stein, Ph.D.
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