Chemosensory Perception

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 42–50 | Cite as

Food Acceptance: The Role of Consumer Perception and Attitudes

  • Elvira CostellEmail author
  • Amparo Tárrega
  • Sara Bayarri


The process by which man accepts or rejects food is of a multi-dimensional nature. In complex food matrices, it is not always easy to establish relationships between the individual chemical stimuli concentration, physiological perception, and consumer reaction. Consumers’ responses to food are not only based on the sensory characteristics of the product and on their physiological status but they are also related to other factors, such as previous information acquired about the product, their past experience, and their attitudes and beliefs. This paper discusses different methods to obtain information about consumer perceptions, attitudes, beliefs, and expectations.


Consumer Response Perception Attitudes Expectations 



To MICINN of Spain for financial support (Project AGL 2007-63444). To Fondo Social Europeo for financing the contract of author S. Bayarri in the program I3P from CSIC. The useful comments of the two anonymous reviewers are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physical and Sensory Properties LaboratoryIATA.CSICBurjassotSpain

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