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I Know it! but.....

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Have you ever experience the following scenario?
You know the answer to a question, but you just can't come up with it. Well, if this ever happened to you, you have certainly experienced the Tip- of-the-Tongue Phenomenon. This very commonly occurring phenomenon demonstrates the concept of knowing, that we know something but unable to access it at the moment. This concept applies to what we experience very often. I was really fascinated by this phenomenon and I attempted to replicate this finding by questioning five of my friends same questions. The questions were related to a topic they were all very familiar with which is related to their favorite soccer team. I was pretty certain that they knew the answer to this question at some point in the past.

I asked who was the first player from African Nation to become Europe's top scorer?
I asked each of them separately and two of them easily answered and three of my friends (participants) experience the Tip-Of-The-Tongue phenomenon. They each said "oh umm... I know his name....the guy who played for Barcelona right? What's his name?" I then provided a rehearsal cues; a player from Cameroon. Of course, all three remembered the name and the answer was Samuel Eto'o one of the best African players in Europe. This finding demonstrated effect of the concept Tip-Of-The-Tongue phenomenon. Does our answer to these concept come from our Long-term memory, if so, why do we have hard time retrieving it?



How important is our ability to taste and smell?
Well, as we studied in chapter four of Lilienfled's psychology book, gustation (taste) and olfactory (smell) are one of the most vital chemical senses in our body because chemical receptors allows us to interact with molecules that contain flavor and odor. Our ability to taste and smell helps us enjoy our favorite food and beverages. For example, eating is one of the most pleasurable experiences we can encounter throughout our daily life. Without smell, there is no taste diminishing our pleasure. In fact, eating is one of animal's (humans included) favorite activity, nobody ever complains about act of eating, people complain about many other thing in their daily life and it's greatly influenced by gustation and olfactory system. So what makes eating so pleasing to us? The ability to taste flavors and smell odors enables us to experience our everyday life with better perception to stay away from many things that are harmful to our body. Not only does it help our nourishments it's also vitally important for our health and well-being. I cannot imagine eating food without the ability to smell and taste. I wonder whether our ability to smell and taste influences our weight gain/loses?


The pleasure of eating brings satisfaction to the body which means eating is greatly influenced by our ability to taste and smell. The gustation and olfactory senses substantially impact our quality of life. Human bodies are sensitive to pheromones which are greatly influence our sexual behavior. People with smell and taste deficiency will not be able to enjoy the pleasure of food and beverage that we enjoy every day.


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