Being Human Festival 2014

The Hidden Senses: the secrets of taste and smell [go to event]

Experience a day of activities that will challenge your understanding of your senses of taste and smell

Part of the national Being Human Festival of the Humanities, this public event on 21 November 2014 showcases the work of the Rethinking the Senses project.

The Rethinking the Senses team will be sharing current research into multisensory interactions involving taste, smell and the other sensory modalities. Some of the things we will be looking at include the way in which taste and smell contribute to flavour, the impact of the visual appearance of food on our experiences of eating, the objectivity of olfactory experience and how research into our experience of strawberries is revealing the impact of sound on gustatory experience.

The programme of events will include a public lecture, interactive talks and demonstrations and testing in The Lab, an area set up to show how taste and smell are tested in the laboratory. More on the event, including booking, is on our events page.

In the lead up to the event, Rethinking the Senses members and collaborators will be regularly posting blogs related to ‘the hidden senses’.

Taste & Smell (Wilson)
Objectivity of Smell (Mandrigin)
Lives without a sense of smell (Boak & Page)
The Sentimental Sense (de Bonneval)