Linda Bartoshuk

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Linda May Bartoshuk
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materCarleton College
Brown University
Known forSupertaster
Burning Mouth Syndrome
Scientific career
FieldsPsychology, Taste, Smell
InstitutionsUniversity of Florida

Linda May Bartoshuk (born 1938)[1] is an American psychologist. She is a Presidential Endowed Professor of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science at the University of Florida.[2] She is an internationally known researcher specializing in the chemical senses of taste and smell, having discovered that some people are supertasters.[3]


Bartoshuk grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota.[4] She received her B.A. from Carleton College and her PhD from Brown University.[5]

Her research explores the genetic variations in taste perception and how taste perception affects overall health. Bartoshuk was the first to discover that burning mouth syndrome, a condition predominantly experienced by postmenopausal women, is caused by damage to the taste buds at the front of the tongue and is not a psychosomatic condition. She was employed at Yale University prior to accepting a position at the University of Florida in 2005. Bartoshuk's work at Yale was funded through a series of NIH grants.[6]

She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995.[1] In 2003, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • Bartoshuk, Linda M (June 1978). "The Psychophysics of Taste" (PDF). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 31 (6): 1068–1077. doi:10.1093/ajcn/31.6.1068. PMID 352127. Retrieved September 12, 2010.
  • Bartoshuk, Linda M, Dreyer, E., Klee, H.J., Odabasi, A.Z., Sims, C.A., Snyder, D.J., & Tieman, D.M. (2014). Mutant tomato varieties and the study of volatile-enhanced-sweetness. Paper presented at the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, 2014.
  • Bartoshuk, L.M., Marino, S., Snyder, D.J., & Stamps, J. (2013, in press). Head trauma, taste damage and weight gain. Chemical Senses.


  1. ^ a b "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 18, 2006. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Bartoshuk - University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences". Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  3. ^ Conkle, Ann (2010-08-01). "Inside the Psychologist's Studio: Linda Bartoshuk". APS Observer. 23 (6).
  4. ^ a b "InterViews: Linda Bartoshuk". National Academy of Sciences. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "On Blue Tongues, Undergraduates, and Science: An Interview With Linda M. Bartoshuk". Education Resources Information Center. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  6. ^ Bartoshuk, Linda (2015). "Taste Psychophysics". Grantome.

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