Sensation And Perception – Coursework Example
Sensation and Perception Sensation and Perception When I conducted the experiment, I found out that I was not able to determine foodwithout both the smell and sight. In fact, I only managed to identify its flavor after unplugging the blindfolded nose. From this experience, I learnt that there is a close relationship between taste and smell and smell.
Being that I could not recognize the taste of the food when my nose was blindfolded implies that something was lacking. Had it been present, I would have recognized the taste of the food as it later happened (Ardley, 2008). Scientifically, the blindfolding of the nose covered the nose detectors which then prevented the odor molecules from being transmitted from the nose (Alvin & Silverstein, 2012). This happened after smelling food that enabled the odor molecules to travel to the olfactory receptors in the brain to detect the taste of food.
On the other hand, the relationship between sight and taste was evidenced when I promptly recognized the food after seeing it, but could not do so when blindfolded. The sense of sight plays a very significant role in recognizing the taste of food. The visualization of food helps in creating a preconceived taste. The information received from the eye is transmitted to the visual cortex taste in which it is interpreted and associated to the past flavors taken earlier. So, when food is seen a particular taste associated with it is elicited as a result of the activities of the sensory system (Wynne, K. et al., 2005).
Alvin, V. & Silverstein, R. (2012) Smell, the subtle sense. New York: William Morrow &
Ardley, N. (2008) The science book of the senses. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
Wynne, K. et al. (2005). "Appetite Control". Journal of Endocrinology 184: 291–318.