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As bitter as a trombone: Synesthetic correspondences in nonsynesthetes between tastes/flavors and musical notes

Overview of attention for article published in Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, October 2010
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Title
As bitter as a trombone: Synesthetic correspondences in nonsynesthetes between tastes/flavors and musical notes
Published in
Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, October 2010
DOI 10.3758/app.72.7.1994
Pubmed ID
Authors

A.-S. Crisinel, C. Spence

Abstract

In parallel to studies of various cases of synesthesia, many cross-modal correspondences have also been documented in nonsynesthetes. Among these correspondences, implicit associations between taste and pitch have been reported recently (Crisinel & Spence, 2009, 2010). Here, we replicate and extend these findings through explicit matching of sounds of varying pitch to a range of tastes/flavors. In addition, participants in the experiment reported here also chose the type of musical instrument most appropriate for each taste/flavor. The association of sweet and sour tastes to high-pitched notes was confirmed. By contrast, umami and bitter tastes were preferentially matched to low-pitched notes. Flavors did not display such strong pitch associations. The choice of musical instrument seems to have been driven primarily by a matching of the hedonic value and familiarity of the two types of stimuli. Our results raise important questions about our representation of tastes and flavors and could also lead to applications in the marketing of food products.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 4 5%
United States 1 1%
Germany 1 1%
Sweden 1 1%
Colombia 1 1%
Unknown 72 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 18 23%
Student > Master 15 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 18%
Student > Bachelor 9 11%
Other 5 6%
Other 19 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 32 40%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 11%
Arts and Humanities 7 9%
Unspecified 6 8%
Business, Management and Accounting 6 8%
Other 20 25%

Attention Score in Context

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