New Advance in Sensory Research to Chew On

Scientists have developed an artificial mouth to replicate both how chewing and saliva work, potentially giving researchers a better baseline from which to make qualitative taste assessments.

artificial mouth

Another  breakthrough as interesting as much for its capabilities as for the technology it uses, is the system developed by Oxford University to measure the heat in chili peppers using carbon nanotubes.

Although geared towards speech rather than sensory research, another cool device allows scientists for the first time to directly record how the tongue interacts with the teeth to form sound using a special set of full dentures.

It is funny to think how little direct, physical data we have on the mechanics of speaking and eating.

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