Think about what you had for lunch: did you make that choice because you were really hungry or because that food was particularly tasty and rewarding to you? Our food choices are the result of the interplay between how well something smells and tastes and how hungry we are. Our nose and taste buds help us recognize which foods taste good, but they tell us little about how much energy they contain. Spend 90 minutes with neuroscience researchers to conduct real experiments testing the food preferences of laboratory fruit flies. Explore how the brains of fruit flies and humans interpret taste and how this affects behavior.
The Museum greatly acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish The Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum's Sackler Educational Laboratory, in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary working of the human brain.