Charles Spence 'Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating'
  • Time: 17:15 - 18:30
  • Date: Tuesday 20 June 2017
  • Location: Business School Western Lecture Theatre (G.01)
  • Interval: Today only
  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Lectures and seminars
  • Open to: General public
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Prof. Charles Spence (Oxford) will discuss some of the latest findings from the emerging science of gastrophysics. Sponsored by the Centre for Aesthetics and the Leeds Humanities Research Institute.

Professor Charles Spence is a world-famous experimental psychologist with a specialization in neuroscience-inspired multisensory design.

He has worked with many of the world’s largest companies across the globe since establishing the Crossmodal Research Laboratory (CRL) at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University in 1997.

Prof. Spence has published over 750 articles and edited or authored 10 academic volumes including, in 2014, the prize-winning 'The Perfect Meal', and 'Gastrophysics: The new science of eating' (2017; Penguin).

In this talk, Professor Spence will take a look at some of the latest findings from the emerging science of gastrophysics (gastronomy + psychophysics). Many chefs and food companies are already starting to deliver products to market incorporating some of the latest insights concerning multisensory flavour perception based on how the brain actually combines taste and smell stimuli. This talk will focus instead on the influence of three senses (hearing, vision and touch) that aren’t normally associated with flavour perception, and demonstrate their profound impact on our experience of food and drink. He will discuss the art and science of plating, the emerging science of ‘sonic seasoning’ and the role of tactile design in the experience of eating.

The talk, sponsored by the Centre for Aesthetics and the Leeds Humanities Research Institute, is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr Aaron Meskin (Director, Centre for Aesthetics).