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    Are the senses of smell and taste connected in any way? If so, what are the neurological processes involved in this relationship? Please reply and provide reference if required

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    Yes, these two senses are interconnected. A prime example is when foods seem so bland and tasteless when one has a cold.

    As you provide statistics, experts show that "Seventy to seventy-five percent of what we perceive as taste actually comes from our sense of smell. Taste buds allow us to perceive only bitter, salty, sweet, and sour flavors. It's the odor molecules from food that give us most of our taste sensation" (http://reachoutmichigan.org/funexperiments/agesubject/lessons/newton/tstesmll.html).

    Besides odor molecules that allow food to travel through the passage between your nose and mouth, you ...

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    Brief correlation of senses of smell and taste is included.