Identification of energy sources depends upon the ability to form associations between food cues and nutritional value. As such, cues previously paired with calories elicit neuronal activation in the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), which reflects the reinforcing value of food. The identity of the physiological signals regulating this response remains elusive.… (More)
A new electrophysiological study in rodents demonstrates that taste-odor convergence occurs in posterior piriform olfactory cortex and calls for a reformulation of classic models of the central representation of flavor.
Early intervention improves prognosis in autism spectrum disorder, yet diagnosis is very difficult in preverbal children. A new study demonstrates that the automatic adjustments in sniffing patterns to pleasant and unpleasant odors may provide a window into early diagnosis.