Felicity Cloake

Mind over Morsel

Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating

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‘Gastrophysics’, a portmanteau of ‘gastronomy’ and ‘psychophysics’ (the study of perception), is defined by Charles Spence as ‘the scientific study of those factors that influence our multisensory experience whilst tasting food and drink’. In layman’s terms, it is an examination of the external factors that shape our responses to food and drink, which, as none of us eats or drinks in a vacuum, makes it a topic of universal interest. 

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