No one expects airplane food to be haute cuisine, but have you ever wondered why the meals seem to taste so terrible? When consumer-goods giant Unilever set out to discover whether music affects our flavor perception, its researchers learned that the less we hear, the better our sense of taste. All that loud noise from the aircraft engine can make food seem less sweet or less salty. Now Oxford University psychology professor Charles Spence has taken that research a step further and found that listening to different types of music can actually increase our perception of flavor.
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