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2014-01-24 11:19:56

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology identify links between the palatability of various tastes and circulation in different parts of the face. Tastes deemed 'pleasant' increase blood flow in the eyelid according to a recent study by Hideaki Kashima, Yuka Hamada and Naoyuki Hayashi from the Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Kyushu University and Tokyo Institute of Technology. The research identifies links between the subjective perception of palatability with circulatory...

2013-08-13 10:12:23

Published findings advance taste science by training rats to be expert taste testers Scientists at Opertech Bio, Inc. have developed a proprietary apparatus and methodology for high-throughput taste evaluation. The work points to approaches that have the potential to greatly improve the process for discovering new flavor ingredients, measuring palatability and optimizing flavor formulations. The findings appear in the August 12, 2013 issue of the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE. The...

2009-09-09 13:55:09

U.S. scientists say they have determined two different brain circuits might control the motivation to seek food and then consume it. University of Missouri researchers using laboratory rats said they discovered deactivating the basolateral amygdala -- a brain region involved in regulating emotion -- specifically blocked consumption of a fatty diet. Surprisingly, it had no effect on the rats wanting to repeatedly look for food. It appears that two different brain circuits control the...

2009-09-08 15:40:42

Scientists led a rat to the fatty food, but they couldn't make it eat.  Using an animal model of binge eating, University of Missouri researchers discovered that deactivating the basolateral amygdala, a brain region involved in regulating emotion, specifically blocked consumption of a fatty diet. Surprisingly, it had no effect on the rat wanting to look for the food repeatedly. "It appears that two different brain circuits control the motivation to seek and consume," said Matthew Will,...

2005-11-23 11:35:00

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK -- The holidays are fast approaching. You're stressed, trying to diet and tempting foods abound. It's a recipe for overeating, according to researchers who found that when rats are stressed, deprived of food and then exposed to chocolate -- they overeat. "Our findings contribute to the understanding of how feeding behavior is regulated," Dr. M. Flavia Barbano from the Universite Victor Segalen, Bordeaux 2 in France told Reuters Health. "Research in this field could...