Turkey that’s often bland and accompanied with cranberry sauce from a can? Stuffing yourself with food until you’re set to burst? Those are two of the most common hallmarks of Thanksgiving, which most Americans around the country looking forward to with gusto each year, but have you ever wondered why?
The food at Thanksgiving helps drive the enthusiasm for the holiday—but there’s probably more behind the taste of turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce and other delicacies than you think.
Professor Don Katz is an expert in behavioral neuroscience and studies gustatory perception in learning—a fancy way of explaining the phenomenon of what makes foods taste good or bad.