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What can cognitive psychology and sensory evaluation learn from each other?
 

Summary: What can cognitive psychology and sensory evaluation
learn from each other?
Herve´ Abdi
The University of Texas at Dallas, PO Box 830688, Richardson, TX 75083 0688, USA
Abstract
Two questions are addressed in this paper: What can cognitive psychology bring to sensory evaluation? And what can cognitive
psychology learn from sensory evaluation? In the first part, I will argue that one important contribution from psychology to sensory
evaluation is to interpret flavor as a cognitively unified system made of three anatomically separated systems (smell, taste, and the
trigeminal system). In the second part, I will argue that the applied field of sensory evaluation stresses the importance of using
ecologically valid, naturalistic stimuli. Sensory evaluation also provides results that challenge accepted interpretations in psychol-
ogy, especially in the field of evaluation of expertise.
# 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Cognition; Cognitive psychology; Expertise; Face processing; Flavor; Halo-dumping; Odor; Odor/taste interaction; Olfaction; Orbito-
frontal cortex; Sensory evaluation; Sensory integration; Smell; Synesthesia; Taste; Trigeminal system
1. Introduction
Cognitive psychology, or more broadly cognitive
science, aims to understand how people or machines
acquire, store, retrieve, and use knowledge and informa-
tion. Sensory evaluation analyzes how food products are
perceived (see, e.g., Lawless & Heymann, 1999). Given

  

Source: Abdi, Hervé - School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences