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Psychophysics: a journey from the laboratory to the clinic.
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PMID:  15262013     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pfaffmann, famous for pioneering work in taste neurophysiology, was a great supporter of psychophysics. He wrote: "Indeed it can be said that without behavioral study, hand in hand with physiological and anatomical methods, one gets only a partial insight: telling where, and to some degree how, but not for what!" [The Psychologists, 1974; Chem Senses Flavour 1 (1974) 61]. The psychophysical studies he initially encouraged concerned mechanism (e.g. taste quality coding), but later methodological advances permitted valid comparisons of taste sensations across groups. Quantification of genetic as well as pathological variation permits the demonstration of links between oral sensory variation, food preferences, diet and health.
Linda M Bartoshuk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Appetite     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0195-6663     ISO Abbreviation:  Appetite     Publication Date:  2004 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-07-20     Completed Date:  2005-03-08     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006808     Medline TA:  Appetite     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  15-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, P.O. Box 208041, New Haven, CT 06520-8041, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Genetic Variation*
Taste / genetics*,  physiology*

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