We’ve all been there: eager to down that first glug of coffee and YOWCH! Way too hot. Now your tongue is aflame and you’re wondering if you should reach for an ice cube. Another classic - the all-too-familiar roof of the mouth/tongue combo PIZZA BURN. It just looked. So. Good. Yeah, that pizza burn can lay up your sense of taste for quite a while.

While we’ve all experienced the unfortunate sensation of a self-inflicted mouth burn - did you know that the effect on your tastebuds is lasting? Further, researchers have actually used this relatively mild type of injury to better understand how the brain and mouth communicate about taste - with pretty remarkable results! Read all about it in Wired’s article WHAT A MOUSE’S MIXED-UP TASTE BUDS SAY ABOUT THE BRAIN.