On a neural mechanism for cortical processing of taste quality in the rat.


The responses of 31 chorda tympani fibers and 47 cortical neurons were recorded in response to 6 concentrations of NaCl, and single concentrations of sucrose, HCl, and quinine hydrochloride solutions applied to the anterior portion of the tongue in rats. The neural responses were analyzed in terms of the two hypotheses of quality coding: across-neuron… (More)