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Grit City Think & Drink: Are You Going to Drink That? The Complexity of Flavor Perception

Saison, sauvignon, super hoppy IPA. Flavor perception relies on our sense of taste and smell, as well as top-down influences including memories and experiences. We will explore the biological basis of flavor perception and the role of psychological processes to explain individual variability in preferences, highlighting examples and recent findings from research at UW Tacoma. Leighann Chaffee is in her 7th year as a faculty member in Psychology at UW Tacoma. Her background in neuroscience and the biological basis of behavior inform her teaching and research. Leighann teaches courses in Psychology, coordinates the Undergraduate Research Participant Pool, and has a small research lab that explores the interaction of implicit processes and reward in understanding eating behaviors. Grit City Think & Drink brings scientists and scholars face-to-face with the general public in the comfortable, lively atmosphere at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub. The evening begins with a twenty minute presentation by a scientist or scholar, which kicks off an extended discussion session between the scientist and audience. Grit City Think & Drink is free to the public, open to all ages and no science background is required.