Accounting for Taste

Vanderbilt, Tom
June 2013
Smithsonian;Jun2013, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p60
The article discusses research on taste in humans, investigating the origins of food preferences. It comments on psychological factors that impact perceptions of taste, noting the influence of expectation, exposure, and classification. The author examines the phenomenon of "sensory specific satiety," in which the body signals that it has had enough of a certain food, and reflects on the human desire to eat dessert after a meal. He also addresses the development of food rations for the U.S. military, commenting on the work of the U.S. Department of Defense's Combat Feeding Directorate, housed at the U.S. Army's Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts.


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