Taste Stimuli: Time Course of Peripheral Nerve Response and Theoretical Models

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Science  06 Oct 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4056, pp. 73-75
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4056.73


The responses of a taste nerve in rats to sodium chloride were integrated over successive 10-millisecond intervals and averaged. The time course of the mean responses consisted of a 30-millisecond latency, a rapid rise to a maximum, and a slower decline to a sustained level. The chemoreceptor theories of Beidler and Paton failed to predict the relation between phasic response and time or concentration.