Café Scientifique - A Psychologist in the Kitchen: Multisensory Flavour Perception
England (Yorkshire & the Humber)
7.30pm - 9.00pm
The next Café Scientifique event will explore multisensory flavour perception.
Professor Charles Spence (Oxford University) will discuss some of the fun collaborative projects that are now springing up all over between chefs and psychologists, and which have led, amongst other things, to the 'sound of the sea' seafood dish at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck restaurant.
He will try and answer questions such as: Why does something that tastes great to one person taste terrible to another? Why it is that food seems to lose its flavour when we have a cold? Are we all synaesthetic when it comes to perceiving flavours? Which sense dominates when it comes to eating and drinking? And whether you can really enhance the flavour of wine by choosing the right music?
Café Scientifique is an informal evening of lively discussion revolving around contemporary scientific issues of the day. Each meeting begins with a short talk from an invited science-related speaker, followed by up to an hour of open discussion including a Q & A session. Everyone is welcome to attend and express their views, or to just enjoy a drink and listen. No scientific knowledge is assumed and everyone can participate.
Venue: The Basement, City Screen Picturehouse, York.