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Tasting the smell: Effects of ambient scent on scent experts' evaluations of (in)congruent food products

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This research studies the effect of scent expertise (laymen vs. novice experts vs. experts) on product and taste evaluations of three products that are (in)congruent with an ambient scent and examines whether this effect is mediated by these groups' awareness of scents in their environment and by how well they are able to identify different scents. Results show that novice experts and experts evaluate an incongruent product less positively than laymen. Laymen score lower than novice experts and experts on odor identification, and lower than experts on odor awareness but not lower than novice experts. The differences in the evaluation between the scent expertise groups cannot be fully explained by differences in their level of odor identification or level of odor awareness. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Tijdschrift: Food Quality and Preference
ISSN: 0950-3293
Volume: 38
Pagina's: 92 - 97
Aantal pagina's: 6
Jaar van publicatie:2014
Trefwoorden:ambient scent, product (in)congruity, individual differences, scent expertise