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February 19, 2011

Tasty Truth

devadutta @ 11:59 pm, GMT +0000 ( 1298159980 ) Play

Popular “representation” of the human tongue. What tastebuds do we have in region 4 and region 1?

p.s: We all still trust our biology teacher from middle school. Or do we? (Think twice before you post your answer :) )

Cracked by: SV , Bharath , KK , Rogi , Sandesh , Sumanth Patlolla , xeqtor , raklodramA , Siddarth Pai , Riyaz Usman , Debasish , rohanquizzer , Thejas V R , shrey , AmK , jowens , aditthya , krikkrak , krudebox , Logik , Mikey , Abhiram Bharadwaj Diddigi , Dibyo , mankuTimma , S.M.MUNEER ALI , srinivasan , dineshk , Shwetha Maiya and puneet_k

Answer:

Popular misconception that different regions have different taste perceptions. In reality, all regions of the tongue have the same taste buds!


37 Responses to “Tasty Truth”

  1. Raghuvansh
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    1: Bitter, 4: salty/sweet.


  2. shrik
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    1 is bitter and 4 is sweet.

    Which is why arbit ‘advice’ thingies used to tell you to pop bitter pills by putting them on the tip of tongue rather than in back of mouth.


  3. Ananth
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    1: Bitter sensing
    4: Sweet sensing


  4. SV
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    In the old and untrue science, they are sweet and bitter zones.


  5. Bharath
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    4

    Bitter and sweet.. Popular misconception regarding taste buds..all regions can detect various tastes.


  6. KK
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    As per the biology in middle school,
    (1) Bitter and (4)sweet
    But in reality, all regions sense all the tastes bitter,sour,salt and sweet!


  7. vinayaknp

    Region 1 : Bitter
    Region 4: Sweet


  8. Rogi
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    Region 1 contains Bitter, Sour, Salty, Sweet and Savory taste buds. And hey… So does region 4!

    tip=sweet and back=bitter is no longer acceptable.

    Now, if we could just stop well-meaning elementary school homeroom teachers from propagating the myth that a crescent moon is the result of the earth’s shadow on the moon.


  9. Sandesh

    All regions can taste all tastes with regions having slightly extra sensitivity towards some tastes.


  10. Sumanth Patlolla
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    An incorrect map of the tongue showing zones which taste bitter (1), sour (2), salty (3) and sweet (4).
    In reality, all zones can sense all tastes.


  11. Manish Achuth
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    Bitter Sweet.


  12. xeqtor

    Misconception is that 4 – Sweet and 1 – Bitter. But all regions can sense all tastes.


  13. can sense all tastes


  14. 1- Bitter
    4- Sweet

    although in reality, our tongue can experience any of these on almost any reason of the tongue


  15. 1-Sour, 4-Sweet. In fact we can sense all tastes with all regions.


  16. All tastebuds. Commonly thought – 1 is bitter and 4 is sweet.


  17. 1. Bitter 4. Sweet


  18. The tongue map is actually a misconception that arose out of a mistranslation of Edwin Boring’s paper.
    All taste sensations, actually, come from all regions of the tongue.


  19. shrey

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.....The_senses


  20. AmK
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    1 – Foliate
    4 – Fungiform


  21. jowens
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    Popularly, 4 is associated with sweet and 1 with bitterness, but a Nature paper from 2006 (“The cells and logic for mammalian sour taste detection”) showed that “receptors for the basic tastes are found in distinct cells, and that these cells are not localized but spread throughout the tongue”. So, I suppose the answer to the question is “we have tastebuds in each region that are specialized to each of the 5 basic tastes”.


  22. there are no such thing as taste buds


  23. aditthya

    this belief is not true….all the areas have tastebuds for every flavour…no specified region for a specific basic taste….


  24. The same ones as in regions 2 and 3.


  25. krudebox
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    A famous misconception that specific tastes only correspond to specific areas of the tongue.
    But it has hence been proved that different tastes can be detected by all parts of the tongue with slightly varying sensitivities.


  26. Logik
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    The common notion is that 1 is bitter, 2 is salty, 3 is sour, and 4 is sweet.

    but this theory has been debunked.
    There are five basic tastes identified so far, and the entire tongue can sense all of these tastes more or less equally.
    A fifth distinct taste, called umami, identified by a Japanese scientist named Kikunae Ikeda.


  27. Kaustabh

    Sweet


  28. Mikey

    1 = bitter
    4 = sweet

    this map is actually wrong, there are 5 tastes the tongue registers, not 4, and they aren’t in that location


  29. Abhiram Bharadwaj Diddigi
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    According to tongue map theory Sweet and Bitter taste buds are present.

    But this theory is disproved. we find all the taste buds at all the regions of tongue :D


  30. Dibyo
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    in reality, all zones can taste all kinds of tastes…


  31. mankuTimma
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    4 is supposed to be for sweet and 1 for bitter according to the popular “representation”. But recently this has been proven wrong. Receptors for different tastes are not confined to certain parts of the tongue.


  32. S.M.MUNEER ALI

    An incorrect map of the tongue showing zones
    taste bitter (1),
    sour (2),
    salty (3)
    sweet (4).
    In reality, all zones can sense all tastes.


  33. srinivasan

    all zones can sense all tastes


  34. i think region 1 is salty and region 4 bitter

    though both 1 and 4 will have savory taste


  35. dineshk
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    3
    2

    1 = bitter, 4 = sweet


  36. popularly 4 and 1 are sweet and bitter but actually the entire tongue can sense all the tastes…

    The notion that the tongue is mapped into four areas—sweet, sour, salty and bitter—is wrong. There are five basic tastes identified so far, and the entire tongue can sense all of these tastes more or less equally.


  37. puneet_k

    1- Bitter
    4- Sweet

    In reality, all regions can sense all tastes


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