As we continue to explore the development of the five senses, this month’s Research to Policy focuses on taste and smell. These two senses are closely connected. A large component of taste, for example, actually involves our sense of smell.
Through history, food has brought friends, families, and communities together. Dining together supports our social and emotional well-being, along with providing nutrients and nourishment to our bodies.
Many Memphians experience food insecurity. Children in food insecure homes may never know the comfort that comes through family meals, and may not get the nourishment their bodies need.
With this edition of Research to Policy, we emphasize the importance of smell and taste while highlighting the significance of nutrition to optimal early childhood development in Memphis.
Research to Policy is an effort to link our best understanding of inputs to early brain development, community efforts to promote the developmental well-being of children, and the policy implications of developmental pathways through early childhood. Each month this space is devoted to understanding the implications of this research for children in Memphis, Tennessee.