The bitter with the sweet: the taste/stress/temperament nexus.

@article{Dess1998TheBW,
  title={The bitter with the sweet: the taste/stress/temperament nexus.},
  author={Nancy K. Dess and D Edelheit},
  journal={Biological psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={48 2},
  pages={103-19}
}
Is the tongue a window to the psyche? In rats, stress alters taste, and individual differences in taste are related to measures of emotion. The present study concerned stress-induced changes in taste and its modulation by temperament in people. College students rated saccharin's bitterness and sweetness and a tone's loudness after exposure to a mild stressor. Temperament (trait arousability, pleasure, and dominance) was assessed separately. When individual differences were ignored, stress… CONTINUE READING