Functional anatomy of taste perception in the human brain studied with positron emission tomography

Shigeo Kinomura, Ryuta Kawashima, Kenji Yamada, Shuichi Ono, Masatoshi Itoh, Seiro Yoshioka, Tatsuo Yamaguchi, Hiroshige Matsui, Hidemitsu Miyazawa, Hiroshi Itoh, Ryoui Goto, Takehiko Fujiwara, Kazunori Satoh, Hiroshi Fukuda

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Regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) was measured with positron emission tomography (PET) in 10 normal volunteers with the purpose of measuring rCBF changes related to taste physiology. Discrimination of 0.18% saline from pure water was associated with significantly increased rCBF values in the thalamus, the insular cortex, the anterior cingulate gyrus, the parahippocampal gyrus, the lingual gyrus, the caudate nucleus, and the temporal gyri. The results indicate that rCBF changes in these structures may reflect oral exposure to salt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-266
Number of pages4
JournalBrain research
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Oct 3
Externally publishedYes


  • Cingulate cortex
  • Human brain
  • Insular cortex
  • Parahippocampal gyrus
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Regional cerebral blood flow
  • Taste stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Developmental Biology

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