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NeuroenologyHow the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine$
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Gordon M. Shepherd

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231177009

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231177009.001.0001

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Wine Tasting, Gender, and Aging

Wine Tasting, Gender, and Aging

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(p.145) Chapter Sixteen Wine Tasting, Gender, and Aging
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Neuroenology
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Gordon M. Shepherd

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231177009.003.0017

Does smell sensitivity, and by implication wine aroma sensitivity, vary with age and gender? Standardized smell tests enable these questions to be tested in large human populations. These tests show that smell sensitivity rises during childhood to a high level in the 20s, which is maintained until declining in the 70s and 80s. As usually assumed, women have a higher sensitivity than men. Odor memory follows a similar trajectory. There is current research on the factors that may be involved in the aging effects.

Keywords:   smell identification test, smell discrimination, smell memory, neurotrophic factors, cognitive decline

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