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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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(p.74) Chapter 2 Food
The Aesthetic Brain

Anjan Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

The bliss of food is driven by our chemical senses, taste and smell. Gradients in the chemical environment were among the earliest signals that drove single-cell ciliated organisms to swim toward nourishment. Millions of years and billions of neurons later, we are still led by our noses. Our chemical senses reach into ancient parts of our brain. They go directly to areas that process emotions and pleasures.

Keywords:   food, chemical, senses, nourishment, pleasure, smell, taste

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