Modern psychophysics and the assessment of human oral sensation

Snyder, Derek J., Prescott, John, and Bartoshuk, Linda M. (2006) Modern psychophysics and the assessment of human oral sensation. In: Hummel, T., and Welge-Lussen, A., (eds.) Taste and Smell: an update. Advances in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, 63 . Karger, Basel, Switzerland, pp. 221-241.

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Psychophysical measures attempt to capture and compare subjective experiences objectively. In the chemical senses, these techniques have been instrumental in describing relationships between oral sensation and health risk, but they are often used incorrectly to make group comparisons. This chapter reviews contemporary methods of oral sensory assessment, with particular emphasis on suprathreshold scaling. We believe that these scales presently offer the most realistic picture of oral sensory function, but only when they are used correctly. Using converging methods from psychophysics, anatomy, and genetics, we demonstrate valid uses of modern chemosensory testing in clinical diagnosis and intervention.

Item ID: 3613
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-3-8055-8123-3
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2009 00:35
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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