Research area

Sensory methods

It is the nature of the sensory question that decides which sensory method will be used to resolve it. Once we have received information about questions that need to be answered with the aid of sensory analyses, we will decide, in dialogue with the principal, which method would be technically correct.

Descriptive tests are the most comprehensive and give the most sensory information. Difference testing provides information about whether any difference can be registered between the samples, without giving any information about the character or intensity of any such difference.

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    Leader Sensory Laboratory

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Research area within Sensory methods

Descriptive testing

In a descriptive test we can seek out the properties that are relevant to describe the product.

Difference testing

Difference testing tells us whether there are sensory differences between two or more products.