John Prescott, Ph.D.

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Feel the burn: why do we love chilli?

It’s not just about the flavour – or even the pain. In this extract from his new book, Bob Holmes uncovers the pharmacology and psychology behind humanity’s heat-seeking desire<p>I<b>’</b>ve been procrastinating. On my dining room table I have lined up three hot peppers: one habanero, flame-orange and …

Dining Rooms

“Just my imagination” (da un articolo di John Prescott)

Il lento tempo agostano è l’occasione per ingozzarmi di frivolezze e ignoranza. A tal proposito leggevo un articolo di John Prescott, direttore del …

Why (Some) Substitutes Don't Satisfy Us

Have you ever craved a full-fat chocolate milkshake but opted for a diet frozen yogurt because you wanted to "be good"? But chances are that scarfing …

Nutrition

Neuro cuisine: exploring the science of flavour

Amy Fleming, Richard Vine, Michael Tait, Troy Griggs, Malik Meer

Sniffing Out Alzheimer’s: Olfaction as a Diagnostic and Research Tool

The sense of smell has often provided us valuable insights into disease progression and treatments. Now, a recent study has shown that changes in the …

The Green Flash: The Colorful Scientific Journey of Dr. Charles Wysocki

Share this post<p>Chuck Wysocki first walked in the door of Monell in May of 1978. About to complete his doctorate in behavioral neuroscience at Florida …

Science Explains Why You Can't Stop Eating Potato Chips

You might think fatty foods are delicious, but fat alone isn’t actually very appetizing. (The true taste of fat, according to recent research, tastes …

Nutrition

John Prescott | PhD | (2) Editor, Food Quality and Preference

Research Items (140)<p>A global dietary transition, associated with negative effects on health and environment and characterized by an increase of …

Monell Chemical Senses Center

Unraveling the Enigma of Salty Taste Detection<p>New findings could help identify successful salt replacer or enhancer<p>PHILADELPHIA (February 11, 2016) – …

Why we eat too much

Today, despite Rozin's work, and other research that suggests our bodies aren't the masterful eating compasses we want them to be, the misconception …

Holistic Medicine

How your taste buds could help tackle obesity

With rates of obesity growing across the globe, researchers are on a mission to identify new strategies to tackle the problem. According to a new …

How MSG Got A Bad Rap: Flawed Science And Xenophobia

As a college student in New York City, I marveled that the city let me eat poached eggs with halloumi cheese and Moroccan spiced pita for breakfast, …

James Madison

From The Tongue To The Brain

Survival might not be top of mind when you are feasting on a filet mignon in butter sauce on a night out, but the taste receptors sparked into action …

No diet, no detox: how to relearn the art of eating | Bee Wilson

Nutrition,Health & wellbeing,Food & drink,Children,Society,Obesity,Life and style,Fast food,Diets and dieting<p>Our relationship with food has become disordered and obsessive. As the new year brings diet madness, it needn’t be such a struggle to learn good eating habits<p>So many of our anxieties around …

Sweet Memories: Eating Sweets Forms Memories That Control Eating Habits

<b>Eating sweet foods causes the brain to form a memory of a meal, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Georgia Regents University and</b> …

December 2015

Why Do Most Languages Have So Few Words for Smells?

And why do these two hunter-gatherer groups have so many?<p>Describe a banana. It's yellow, perhaps with some green edges. When peeled, it has a smooth, soft, mushy texture. It tastes sweet, maybe a little creamy.<p>And it smells like... well, it smells like a banana.<p>Every sense has its own “lexical …

Language

Accounting for Taste

British Airways

Tasting a Flavor That Doesn't Exist

Scientists and food companies are experimenting with “phantom aromas,” in which a smell tricks the brain into manufacturing a taste.<p>In 2007, the Campbell Soup Company started slashing the salt content in its canned soups in an effort to be more health-conscious. But the move, while it may have been …

Death of the expert?

Are you a wine expert? No? A food expert, perhaps? No ….really? If, like me, you have a tendency to eat food more than once a day, you really should …

Complex odours and simple smells

I have just finished reading the introduction to a thesis. It was well-written and well-argued, a pleasure to read. Yet, what struck me was the fact …

Not all cuisines are created equal, so which country has the worst food?

The job of comparing cuisines is not simple but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. The truth is there are countries where the quality just isn’t very good<p>We have no problem scoring restaurants, ranking them or handing out awards, but what about an entire cuisine? Can we really say that one …

What the nose knows

Standfirst: <i></i>Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavours – it can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people, …

What’s all the fuss about fizzy drinks?

Snap-click, ahh, gulp. It’s a familiar sound at a barbecue, an ingredient in summertime nostalgia. Who doesn’t crave a fizzy drink on a hot summer …

Monell Chemical Senses Center

Some Like It Sweet, Others Not So Much: It’s Partly in the Genes<p><i>Twin Study Suggests a Common Genetic Pathway Underlies Sweet Taste Perception of</i> …

That neat and tidy map of tastes on the tongue you learned in school is all wrong

Everybody has seen the tongue map – that little diagram of the tongue with different sections neatly cordoned off for different taste receptors. …

Sniffing could provide autism test

<b>The way children sniff different aromas could form the basis of a test for autism, suggest researchers in Israel.</b><p>People spend longer inhaling the delightful aroma of a bouquet of roses than the foul stench of rotting fish.<p>The results of tests on 36 children, in the journal Current Biology, showed …

Autism

The real reason sweet tastes sweet

You might think that the sweet taste of fruit is all down to those natural sugars. Think again, says Veronique Greenwood.<p>We tend to think of sugar as the supreme ruler of the sensation of sweetness. If an orange tastes sweet, it's because of the sugars it contains hit the sweet receptors in your …