This discussion has two
options. Select one of the options and indicate which one you chose in
Recruit someone you trust to help you. Have them prepare two items for you to
taste (tell them to be nice), but do not let them tell you what they are.
While they are preparing the items, find something to use as a blindfold and
plug your nose so you cannot smell. You should not be able to see or
smell the food while sampling it. As you chew, see if you can recognize the
flavor. If not, unplug your nose and see if that helps you detect it. If
that doesn’t work, take off the blindfold and see if you can identify it.
Once you have completed this activity, provide an analysis by sharing the
following as you respond:
- Were you able to determine the food without smell or
- At what point did you identify the food (e.g.,
blindfolded with nose plugged, blindfolded with nose unplugged, or
- Analyze the relationship between taste and
- Analyze the relationship between taste and sight.
Explain the processes involved in how one senses the world around them (sight,
touch, hearing, etc). If you had to give up one, which would it be? Why? What
in your life (think about home, work, school) would be impacted by this lack of
sense? How does perception influence your sensory systems?
Your initial post must be a minimum of 200 words and utilize at least one
scholarly source (e.g., the course textbook, a peer reviewed article from the
Ashford University Library, or a professional web source), cited according to
APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates who chose a
different option than you. Discuss the insights they shared from the
In response to Option A:
- Do you agree with their analysis of the relationship
between sight, smell, and taste?
- Which do you think is more important with regards to
In response to Option B:
- Would you give up the same sense that they opted to?
- Do you think they anticipated all of the challenges
with the sense that they decided to give up?