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The Nose Knows


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    University of Washington

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The Nose Knows

In this activity (2nd activity on the page), learners explore how the nose is responsible for part of the flavor we taste in food. One learner is blindfolded and holds her nose as she tastes an apple or pear slice. The learner is challenged to identify the mystery food. This activity can be conducted with baby foods or flavored jelly beans as well, which are all the same texture.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Foods to taste: fruit or vegetable slices, baby food, jelly beans
  • Utensils for cutting, serving foods
  • Blindfold

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Taste
      • Smell
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • taste

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009

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