Want To Enhance The Flavor Of Your Food? Put On The Right Music

Researchers at the University of Oxford have been looking for a link between sound and taste.  

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'Researchers at the University of Oxford have been looking for a link between sound and taste.

Here’s an experiment: take a bite of whatever food you have nearby and listen to some music, something with high notes. Now, take another bite, but listen to something with low notes.

Notice anything?

Researchers at the University of Oxford have been looking for a link between sound and taste. They’ve found that higher-pitched music — think flutes — enhances the flavor of sweet or sour foods. Lower-pitched sounds, like tubas, enhance the bitter flavors.

Charles Spence is leading that study into what he and his team call “multi-sensory food perception.” Spence tells NPR’s Arun Rath how taste is the sense that unifies all of the others.'

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