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Emotions Influence Taste

Emotions Influence Taste

Emerging research reveals how a person’s emotional state affects the perception of taste.

In the study, Cornell food scientists discovered people in negative emotional states tend to crave sweets more than those in a positive frame of mind.

“We determined how emotions arising from the outcome of college hockey games influenced the perception of sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami (savory) taste, … in addition to hedonic responses, or how much they liked or disliked the foods,” said Robin Dando.

Dando is an assistant professor of food science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, he teamed with Corinna Noel, a doctoral student in food science on the study. Their research appears the journal Appetite.

“Emotional manipulations in the form of pleasantly or unpleasantly perceived real-life events can influence the perception of taste, driving the acceptability of foods,” said Dando.

“These results imply that such modulation of taste perception could promote emotional eating in times of negative emotion.”

The study shows that emotions experienced in everyday life can alter the hedonic experience of less-palatable food, implying a link to emotional eating, according to the researchers.

Dando explained, “In times of negative affect, foods of a less pleasurable nature become even more unappealing to taste, as more hedonically pleasing foods remain pleasurable.

“This is why when the team wins, we’re okay with our regular routine foods, but when they lose, we’ll be reaching for the ice cream.”

Source: Cornell University/Newswise

Emotions Influence Taste

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

APA Reference
Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Emotions Influence Taste. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 14, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2015/07/13/emotions-influence-taste/86801.html

 

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