Experiments were conducted while the first author was on sabbatical leave at the Swedish Institute for Food Preservation Research in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Human Parotid Secretion in Response to Pleasant and Unpleasant Odorants
Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
Volume 10, Issue 3, pages 231–237, May 1973
How to Cite
Pangborn, R. M. and Berggren, B. (1973), Human Parotid Secretion in Response to Pleasant and Unpleasant Odorants. Psychophysiology, 10: 231–237. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8986.1973.tb00521.x
We wish to thank Ulla Nilsson of Sweden for technical assistance and Catherine Granville of California for assistance with data analyses.
- Issue published online: 30 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 30 JAN 2007
- Parotid secretion;
- Odor responses;
- Affective responses;
- (R. M. Pangborn)
Unilateral parotid secretion was determined for 12 Ss using a precision sialometer, in response to the odors of distilled water, three pleasant stimuli (vanillin, β-phenylethanol, anethol), three unpleasant stimuli (pyridine, diethylsulfide, butyric acid), and two irritating stimuli (ethyl alcohol, ammonia). Flow rates were compared with the Ss' rated intensity and affective responses to the same solutions. Flow rates were significantly higher for male than for female Ss, with both secreting significantly more saliva in response to ammonia, ethyl alcohol, and butyric acid, as compared to water. Correlations between flow rates and degree of liking, and between flow rates and rated intensity were not significant.