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Tasting in Time: the affective and temporal dimensions of flavour perception

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/07/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>The Monist
Issue number3
Volume101
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)277–293
Publication statusPublished
Early online date8/06/18
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper explores some connections between flavour perception, emotion, and temporal experience. Focussing on the question, If you like that taste of X and I do not, are we tasting the same thing X?, I will approach it by looking at some differences between how experts and nonexperts ‘taste’. I will eventually answer that if by ‘the same thing’ we mean the overall flavour profile of a complex sensory object, then the answer must be negative. I will argue that there is indeed a relatively trivial sense in which one tastes the same thing, but that this is not an experience of flavour. In the process I will reject the view that there are real emergent flavour properties.