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You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant when a waiter walks by with a hot plate of your favorite food, and your mouth starts to water. But why? What causes drooling in the first place, and why do we only sometimes salivate? This week, 2015 ACS Chemistry Champions contest winner Hadi Fares explains the chemical mechanisms behind dinnertime drooling.

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Music:
Daft is Digital Audio Funk Therapy by HyppocampeSound

Video Producer:
Sean Parsons

Writer:
Hadi Fares

Script editor/Narrator:
Noel Waghorn

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Sophia Cai
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.
Michael O'Mahony, Ph.D.
Matt Hartings, Ph.D.

References:
Spence, Charles (2011). Mouth-watering: The influence of environmental and cognitive factors on salivation and gustatory/flavor perception. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

Carpenter, G.H. and Ilangakoon, Y. (2011). Is the mouthwatering sensation a true salivary reflex?
Salivary Research Unit, Kings College London Dental Institute, London SE1 9RT, U.K.

Whelton, H. The anatomy and physiology of salivary glands.

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