Barbara Cerf-Ducastel

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The present study has investigated interaction at the cortical level in the human between two major components of flavor perception, pure chemical gustatory and lingual somatosensory perception. Twelve subjects participated in a functional magnetic resonance imaging study and tasted six stimuli, applied on the whole tongue, among which four were pure(More)
This event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging (er-fMRI) study investigated BOLD signal change in response to a series of pure gustatory stimuli that varied in stimulus quality when subjects were hungry and sated with a nutritional pre-load. Group analyses showed significant differences in activation in the hunger minus satiety condition in(More)
During food intake flavor perception results from simultaneous stimulation of the gustatory, olfactory and trigeminal systems. Olfactory stimulation occurs mainly through the retronasal pathway and the resulting perception is often interpreted as a taste perception, thus leading to the well-known sensory confusion between taste and olfaction. The present(More)
An experimental method for event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging that allows for the presentation of several chemosensory stimuli in the oral cavity during the same run, the collection of psychophysical measures (intensity or pleasantness) during the presentation of the stimuli, and the analysis of the data in an event-related fashion are(More)
Olfactory function is affected by aging and deficits often result in decreasing quality of life, health and safety. The present study investigated the cortical substrate of olfactory deficits related to aging with functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), with a retronasal olfactory stimulation protocol using flavored aqueous solutions presented to the(More)
Ten young adults (aged 20 to 25 years) participated in a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study to investigate neural substrates of cross-modal olfactory recognition memory. Before entering the scanner, participants were presented with 16 familiar odors selected from the COLT (Murphy, C., Nordin, S., Acosta, L., 1997. Odor learning, recall, and(More)
Introduction More than 14 million Americans over 50 suffer from smell impairment (Murphy et al., 2002). In a series of studies we have sought the underlying cortical substrates of olfactory loss with aging. We used psychophysical, neuropsychological, event related potentials (ERPs) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) techniques to address the(More)
Neural bases of human olfactory memory are poorly understood. Very few studies have examined neural substrates associated with correct odor recognition, and none has tackled neural networks associated with incorrect odor recognition. We investigated the neural basis of task performance during a yes-no odor recognition memory paradigm in young and elderly(More)
A protocol suited to the investigations of odor-taste interactions in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanner is described and results that confirm the validity of that protocol are presented. Stimuli were dissolved in water and presented to the mouth of the participant through plastic syringes and plastic tubes as 50 microl every 3 s for 18(More)