Taste Quality Representation in the Human Brain

Description: The insula is the primary cortical substrate involved in taste perception, yet some question remains as to whether this region represents distinct tastes topographically or via a population code. Using high field (7-tesla), high-resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging in humans, we examined the representation of different tastes delivered during scanning. All tastes activated primary taste cortex within the bilateral mid-insula, but no brain region exhibited any consistent taste preference. However, multivariate analyses reliably decoded taste quality within the bilateral mid-insula as well as the striatum, orbitofrontal cortex, and bilateral amygdala. This suggests that taste quality is represented by a spatial population code within regions involved in sensory and appetitive properties of taste.

Communities: nutritional

Related article: http://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1751-19.2019

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Related article DOI10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1751-19.2019
Related article authorsJason A. Avery, Alexander G. Liu, John E. Ingeholm, Cameron D. Riddell, Stephen J. Gotts and Alex Martin
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