Food choice and liking: Studying people where they eat

Debra Zellner, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Montclair State University

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September 14, 2017, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


252 Erickson Food Science Building

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Although most food is tested in a laboratory or kitchen, most food is actually eaten in other environments such as restaurants, cafeterias, or dining rooms. As a rule, in those contexts a single food item is not served by itself but rather along with other food items. If we are to understand how much particular foods are liked, it is important to investigate that in the contexts in which they are eaten. The talk will describe studies done in “real” eating environments (restaurants, cafes, and lunchrooms). The effect of environmental factors in these settings on liking for the foods (as well as effects on intake and choice) will be discussed.