In a study published bu ScienceDirect.com in 2005, brain imaging techniques employed on both sommleiers and wine consumers showed marked differences in brain activity between the groups when tasting wines. Specifically, the sommeliers employed more activity in brain areas that are associated with previous cognitive, mnemonic and emotional experiences than consumers. This suggests an integration of brain activity for experienced tasters when tasting wine that is different than what happens in the brains of casual wine drinkers.
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