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Make the sensory testing fun for preadolescents! The use of gamification in the sensory test setup with children

By: Ervina (#ESR2) “Are you ready to become a taste detective?” that was the first phrase presented to the children during the sensory testing of Ervina (ESR2). Undertaking a sensory test with children is not easy since they are not “mini-adults”. Therefore, a different approach should be used. Children have shorter attention spans than adults,…


Measuring basic tastes and fattiness sensitivity in preadolescents and the relation to children’s food liking

By: Ervina (#ESR2) Children have different perceptions on how they respond to taste. The same concentration of bitter and sour tastes contained in one glass of grapefruit juice could for example be perceived differently by different individuals. One child may perceive that bitterness is stronger than sourness while the other may perceive a stronger sour…


A remote sensory testing during Covid-19 pandemic with preadolescents

In Autumn, 2020, Europe was hit by the second wave of Covid-19 with remarkable numbers of infected cases reported daily. As such, many social activities were again restricted and banned. This restriction significantly impacted Ervina (ESR2) who was planning to conduct her sensory study with preadolescent subjects. The study required her to physically meet children…


New Paper: Measuring basic tastes and fattiness sensitivity in preadolescents and the relation to children’s food liking

Children have different perceptions on how they respond to taste. For example, the same concentration of bitter and sour tastes contained in one glass of grapefruit juice could be perceived differently. One child may perceive that bitterness is stronger than sourness while the other may perceive a stronger sour than bitter taste. There are also…


New Paper: Preadolescents’ taste sensitivity is associated with their eating behaviour

Studies investigating the associations between taste sensitivity and eating behaviour in preadolescent children are still limited. Ervina, ESR2 has peeked into this association by involving 69 children-parents-dyad responses in her study. Her main objective was to explore the association between children’s basic taste sensitivity and their eating behaviour. Children’s taste sensitivity was measured using the…


New thesis: Taste sensitivity in pre-adolescent children

Ervina (ESR2) defended recently her thesis entitled “Taste sensitivity and food liking in pre-adolescent children”. In this research she has investigated variability in taste sensitivity in pre-adolescent children and tried to link this to food liking. She as applied different tools for measuring taste sensitivity (taste responsiveness, detection and identification threshold as well as response…


New paper: Does Responsiveness to Basic Tastes Influence Preadolescents’ Food Liking? Investigating Taste Responsiveness Segment on Bitter-Sour-Sweet and Salty-Umami Model Food Samples

Earlier this year Ervina (ESR2) and co-workers published a study on the relationship between taste responsiveness and food liking in pre-adolescents. Taste responsiveness is one of several methods for investigating differences in taste sensitivity, i.e. that different subjects perceive the same sample as more or less intense in a specific taste, for instance sweet or…


Impressions from Eurosense – A sense of Innovation

Eurosense is organised every second year. The chairs of this years conference were Kees de Graaf and Betina Piqueras-Fiszman, both from Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands. First the conference was postponed, then the conference was planned as “Live and on-demand” a combination of virtual and online conference, and finally it became 100% online. Online conferences are…


New paper: Do Basic Tastes and Fattiness Sensitivity Influence Food Liking in Preadolescents?

There have been different studies established in the field of taste sensitivity and food liking. However, it is still uncertain how different taste sensitivity measures relate to each other and to food liking, especially in preadolescent subjects.  Our study aimed to investigate the relationship between basic tastes sensitivity, fattiness sensitivity, and food liking in preadolescents.…