Principal Investigator:Barry Green, PhD
Director Emeritus and Fellow
The John B. Pierce Laboratory
Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)
Yale School of Medicine
Research in my laboratory focuses on chemosensory and somatosensory perception in humans. We use psychophysical methods to study the sensitivity and response characteristics of the underlying sensory systems and the interactions among them that enable perception of conditions and objects in the immediate environment. A central goal of our approach is to relate psychophysical findings in humans to current neurobiological data and theory.
Research topics currently being studied include the effects of temperature on taste and flavor perception in humans, and perception of the taste, olfactory, and chemesthetic components of e-cigarette flavors with an emphasis on menthol and its interaction with sensory irritation from nicotine. The latter research is being conducted as part of the Yale Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science.
Alvarado C, Nachtigal D, Slack JP, Green B.G. Differential modulation of the lactisole ‘Sweet Water Taste’ by sweeteners. PLoS One. 2017;12(7):e0180787. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0180787. PubMed PMID: 28700634; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5507258.
Green B.G., Nachtigal D. Temperature Affects Human Sweet Taste via At Least Two Mechanisms. Chem Senses. 2015;40(6):391-9. doi: 10.1093/chemse/bjv021. PubMed PMID: 25963040; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4542652.
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