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Neuroorganoleptics: Organoleptic Testing Based on Psychophysiological Sensing

Valente, J. ; Godinho, L. ; Pintado, C. ; Baptista, C. ; Kozlova, V.K. ; Marques, Luis Marques ; Fred, A. L. N. ; Silva, H.

Foods Vol. 10, Nº 9, pp. 1974 - 1974, August, 2021.

ISSN (print): 2304-8158
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Scimago Journal Ranking: 0,77 (in 2020)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.3390/foods10091974

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There is an increasing interest, in consumer behaviour research related to food and beverage, in taking a step further from the traditional self-report questionnaires and organoleptic properties assessment. With the growing availability of psychophysiological data acquisition devices, and advancements in the study of the underlying signal sources seeking affective state assessment, the use of psychophysiological data analysis is a natural evolution in organoleptic testing. In this paper we propose a protocol for what can be defined as neuroorganoleptic analysis, a method that combines traditional approaches with psychophysiological data acquired during sensory testing. Our protocol was applied to a case study project named MobFood, where four samples of food were tested by a total of 83 participants, using preference and acceptance tasks, across three different sessions. Best practices and lessons learned regarding the laboratory setting and the acquisition of psychophysiological data were derived from this case study, which are herein described. Preliminary results show that certain Heart Rate Variability (HRV) features have a strong correlation with the preferences self-reported by the participants.