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Impact of a non-consciously perceived odour on subsequent food choices

 M. Gaillet1,2,3, C. Sulmont-Rossé1,2,3, S. Issanchou1,2,3, C. Chabanet1,2,3, S. Chambaron1,2,3

1) CNRS, UMR6265 Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l'Alimentation, F-21000 Dijon, France;
2) INRA, UMR1324 Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l'Alimentation, F-21000 Dijon, France;
3) Université de Bourgogne, UMR Centre des Sciences du Goût et de l'Alimentation, F-21000 Dijon, France.

Although people were initially considered as entirely conscious of the canada viagra pharmacies scam motivations driving their behaviour and cialis generic choices, current research in psychology suggests that a significant part of choices and discount viagra without prescription decision-making is influenced by unconscious processes (Bargh, & Chartrand, 1999; Dijksterhuis et al., 2005). To study the viagra original pfizer order unconscious processes involved in food choice, we used the viagra 50 mg priming paradigm. In a first experiment, we showed that non-consciously perceived fruity odours impacted intentions of food choices (on a menu card), guiding participants toward more fruit and/or vegetable (Gaillet et al., under review).  

The present study aimed at exploring if the cialis soft canada incidental exposition to a pear odour could have an impact on food choices, in a real situation of consumption.

115 participants took part in this study, and were assigned randomly to either a control or a pear-scent condition. At their arrival to the lab, they were seated into a waiting room. In the discount viagra online pear-scent condition, they were unobtrusively exposed to a pear odour, while in the control condition the viagra online us waiting room was non-odorized. Following this, all participants were moved into a non-odorized test room where they were asked to choose the discount cialis online starter, the main course and order viagra usa the dessert that they would actually eat for lunch.

Results showed that participants in the pear-scent condition chose to consume the ordering viagra overnight delivery ‘fruity’ dessert (compote) more frequently than participants in the control condition, who chose more ‘high-energy’ desserts (brownie). In line with the viagra women results of our first study (Gaillet et al., under review), these results enhance the idea of priming effects ‘specific to the food cue’.

To conclude, this study provides for the first time the scientific evidence that a non-consciously perceived fruity odour can influence actual food choices, guiding them toward more fruity desserts, which represented the ‘healthier’ alternative in the present case.