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Taste of Milano 2012

Taste of Milano 2012 (Photo credit: br1dotcom)

You might think it strange that I am talking about food.  However, psychology covers all of human behavior and that includes eating.  I just noticed something.  The first few bites of food usually taste great and you think that you want to eat some more of that and some more of that; but suddenly it doesn’t taste as good.  The taste is not as intense and you keep on eating trying to discover that first magical taste again and it doesn’t work.  I am not a foodie but now I think know why in gourmet meals that sorbet is served between courses to refresh the palate.  The same thing is true for me with candy.  I love dark chocolate truffles, but the last few don’t taste as good as the first few.  I think that the taste buds satiate rather quickly and some or all of the experience is lost.  What do you think?  This may be why at fine restaurants servings are small, even dainty, and why there are several different courses to a meal.  Could knowing this help you lose weight?  Maybe.  Once you know that the initial enjoyment is in the first few bites, why gorge yourself as that won’t make it any better, it may make it even less satisfying.  Thought for the day.

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senses (Photo credit: joaoloureiro)

We are limited by our senses in the ways that we can perceive the world.  We can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell.  We also can feel hot or cold.  Yet, there are other things going on in the world that we can not perceive directly.  We now know that there are such things as electric currents and magnetic fields.  We do not know these things directly but we can use the senses that we do have to monitor them indirectly.

We are limited also by what we are taught from birth.  Everyone is usually exposed to different cultures, religions, and/or belief systems.  We often see, hear, taste, smell, and feel what we expect to experience based on what we have been told.

All senses perceive a broad spectrum of physical qualities and do to training and experience we may focus on a certain portion of that range.  Our brains are very adaptive and areas of the brain which are receptors for certain sensations may be atrophied through disuse or enhanced by use.  Thus people from different parts of the world can perceive it differently with more or less sensitivity.

DNA may determine which sense a person or animal favors and/or how well they can use them.  It would make sense that chefs are more sensitive to tastes and smells than musicians and musicians are more sensitive  to sounds.  I lived in a student living facility where one of the students living there constantly complained about a high pitched sound that the rest of us living there couldn’t hear.  Also dogs and especially certain breeds are very sensitive to smell and can discriminate between many different kinds of smells that humans can’t differentiate among or even in many cases can’t detect.

What is going on out there in our world that we haven’t learned to detect yet?  What are other living organisms able to sense that we are not able to sense?  Will we be able to confirm the existence of extrasensory perception in the future?



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