The Origin and Evolution of Human-Centered Food Product Research

  • Howard R. Moskowitz
  • Herbert L. MeiselmanEmail author
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This chapter presents a history of human-centered product research including product design and product evaluation. The chapter begins with the world of food business in the early 1900s and moves through a variety of themes and disciplines, including the period of testing for quality, the reign of the “golden palate,” the emergence of descriptive analysis, and the growth of psychophysical thinking. The chapter traces the history of this field up until the growth of modern methods beginning in the 1970s. The chapter shows the approaches, some of the early research pioneers, some of the types of results obtained, an analysis of “whys” behind the themes, and the controversies based on intellectual histories.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mind Genomics AssociatesWhite PlainsUSA
  2. 2.Herb Meiselman Training and ConsultingRockportUSA

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