Context Effects and Biases in Sensory Judgment

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


Human judgments about a sensation or a product are strongly influenced by items that surround the item of interest, either in space or in time. This chapter shows how judgments can change as a function of the context within which a product is evaluated. Various contextual effects and biases are described and categorized. Some solutions and courses of action to minimize these biases are presented.


Context Effect Contrast Effect Magnitude Estimation Stimulus Range Sensory Adaptation 
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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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