Sense of taste and smell
Sense of taste - a taste bud
In our scenes we show first the transection of the head and tongue, marking the area where lies the chemosensory epithelium. The next scene shows a taste bud with the surrounding epithelium. On the top there is a pore through which the chemical stimulus reaches the sensory cells. The taste bud is inserted in the stratified squamous epithelium, underneath lies the subephitelial connective tissue.
Sense of smell (olfactory epithelium)
Our virtual reality scenes show first the schematic transection through the head showing the location of the olfactory epithelium. In the next scene the more detailed structure is shown. Olfactory stimuli (odour molecules) come and excite the sensory cells that are called the bipolar cells. The user can observe the mucosal site of the olfactory receptor system as well as the mitral cells that collect the olfactory information.