Parotid and whole-mouth secretion in response to viewing, handling, and sniffing food.


There was no significant change in flow rates of parotid saliva in nineteen of twenty subjects while they viewed photographs of lemons, or in fourteen of twenty subjects while they cut lemons in a glove box. Neither parotid nor whole-mouth secretion changed from baseline when subjects viewed fresh lemons and lemonade presented in a plastic box. Further, no significant changes in whole-mouth secretion rates were observed when subjects viewed photographs of two appetizing foods, or of fresh doughnuts in a plastic box, even though subjects knew they could eat the doughnuts after the experiment. In most cases, sniffing of the lemons or of the doughnuts resulted in increased flow rates. Subjects demonstrated large differences in their patterns of affective responses to full-strength and diluted lemon juice, which were independent of salivary flow. In the absence of olfactory or tactile stimulations, few subjects altered parotid or whole-mouth secretion rates in response to viewing food or photographs of food. A reevaluation of findings on 'psychic' stimulation of saliva may be in order to ascertain the role of olfactory, tactile, and even trigeminal clues in salivary response to food stimuli.

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@article{Pangborn1979ParotidAW, title={Parotid and whole-mouth secretion in response to viewing, handling, and sniffing food.}, author={R. M. Pangborn and Steven A. Witherly and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}rique Jones}, journal={Perception}, year={1979}, volume={8 3}, pages={339-46} }