Mistry, S.; Gow, D.; Rothwell, J. C.; Thompson, D. G.; Hamdy, S.
April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA28
Academic Journal
Human swallowing is a multidimensional experience, involving the integration of sensorimotor information with more complex behaviours such as taste. However, the interaction between taste and the cortical control of human swallowing remains unknown. The aim of this study is to assess the effects of differing taste experiences on human cortical swallowing pathways. Cortical swallowing "pathways" are modulated in a differential manner by pleasant and aversive tasting stimuli. In comparison to neutral stimuli, aversive tastes enhance the cortical swallowing responses whereas pleasant tastes suppress these pathways.


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