Why does mint make you feel cold?

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Why does mint make you feel cold?
« on: 02/05/2008 08:32:43 »
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Why does mint make you feel cold?
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Why does mint make you feel cold?
« Reply #1 on: 03/05/2008 10:26:53 »
Hi Scott

This is the thermal neurological equivalent of an optical illusion where nerve cells are chemically fooled into thinking that the air you are drawing into the mouth is colder than it really is.

I recently put this question, at the end of the interview, to David Julius who works on this topic:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/653/

Here's a more formal write-up of the discovery he made relating to temperature detection:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/news/news/827/

And Dalya Rosner also wrote an article about it some years ago:

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/articles/article/dalyacolumn5.htm/
« Last Edit: 03/05/2008 10:28:29 by chris »
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