Using Sound to Enhance Taste Experiences: An Overview

  • Felipe Reinoso Carvalho
  • Abdellah Touhafi
  • Kris Steenhaut
  • Raymond van Ee
  • Carlos Velasco
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10525)


We present an overview of the recent research conducted by the first author of this article, in which the influence of sound on the perception of taste/flavor in beer is evaluated. Three studies in total are presented and discussed. These studies assessed how people match different beers with music and the influence that the latter can have on the perception and enjoyment of the beers. In general, the results revealed that in certain contexts sound can modulate the perceived strength and taste attributes of the beer as well as its associated hedonic experience. We conclude by discussing the potential mechanisms behind these taste-flavor/sound interactions, and the implications of these studies in the context of multisensory food and drink experience design. We suggest that future work may also build on cognitive neuroscience. In particular, such an approach may complement our understanding of the underlying brain mechanisms of auditory/gustatory interactions.


Sound Music Taste Beer Perception Multisensory experiences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Felipe Reinoso Carvalho
    • 1
    • 2
  • Abdellah Touhafi
    • 1
  • Kris Steenhaut
    • 1
  • Raymond van Ee
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Carlos Velasco
    • 5
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Electronics and Informatics (ETRO)Vrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Experimental PsychologyKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Donders InstituteRadboud UniversityNijmegenNetherlands
  4. 4.Philips Research LabsEindhovenNetherlands
  5. 5.Crossmodal Research LaboratoryOxford UniversityOxfordUK
  6. 6.BI Norwegian Business SchoolOsloNorway

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