Taste Learning and Memory in Aging

Publish Date: 1 April 2013
Author(s): Milagros Gallo, PhD

Abstract:

The effect of aging on taste memory is a complex mix of impaired, preserved, and enhanced functions. Research on safe taste recognition memory has pointed to the amygdala’s role in the taste neophobic response and its habituation when the taste is recognized as familiar and safe. However, the results are controversial regarding the impact of aging in taste neophobia, indicating a critical role of previous aversive experiences. Dr Gallo shares her research on the effect of aging in rodent taste memory and compares the brain mechanisms of taste and visual recognition memory. She concludes by explaining the need for further research involving the functional and anatomical dissociation among shared and independent recognition memory processes involving the temporal lobe and related areas.
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Milagros Gallo, Phd

University of Granada, Institute of Neurosciences, Centre for Biomedical Research, Spain
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