Parotid Gland Secretion Rate as a Method for Measuring Response to Gustatory and Masticatory Stimuli in Humans,
SCHOOL OF AVIATION MEDICINE RANDOLPH AFB TEX
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Parotid gland secretion rate was employed as a means of measuring response elicited by gustatory and masticatory stimuli in humans. A plot of secretory response against its corresponding affector intensity -- bolus volume masticatory stimuli, or application rate gustatory stimuli -- resulted in a curve that fit the equation of Michaelis and Menton. This relationship was expressed mathematically and the maximal response R maximum and reflex equilibrium constant K for the different stimuli were calculated. The results indicated that at least two different masticosalivary and three gustosalivary reflexes were involved.
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