Measurement of Sensory Thresholds

  • Harry T. Lawless
  • Hildegarde Heymann
Part of the Food Science Text Series book series (FSTS)


This chapter discusses the concept of threshold and contrasts the conceptual notion with the idea of threshold as a statistically derived quantity. A simple method for determining detection thresholds based on ASTM method E-679 is illustrated with a worked example. Other methods for determining thresholds are discussed as well as alternative analyses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry T. Lawless
    • 1
  • Hildegarde Heymann
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Food ScienceCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Viticulture and EnologyUniversity of California – DavisDavisUSA

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