Like the Food Better? Eat at a Higher-Priced Restaurant
I suppose it shouldn't surprise us. But a new survey has found that we tend to think the food's better when we pay more for it at a restaurant.
The study suggests taste perception, as well as feelings of overeating and guilt, can be manipulated by price alone, according to newswise.com.
“We were fascinated to find that pricing has little impact on how much one eats, but a huge impact on how you interpret the experience,” the Web site quotes Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a professor at the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University who oversaw the research. “Simply cutting the price of food at a restaurant dramatically affects how customers evaluate and appreciate the food.”
The study showed that customers who pay more at a restaurant buffet perceive the food as tastier than the same food offered at a lower price.
Those in the study who paid $8 for a buffet reported enjoying their food on average 11 percent more than those who paid $4, though the two groups ate the same amount of food overall. People who paid the lower price also more often reported feeling like they had overeaten, felt more guilt about the meal, and reported liking the food less and less throughout the course of the meal, newswise reports.
“We were surprised by the striking pattern we saw,” said Ozge Sigirci, a researcher at Cornell University Food and Brand Lab who conducted the study. “If the food is there, you are going to eat it, but the pricing very much affects how you are going to feel about your meal and how you will evaluate the restaurant.”
I don't know. I get pretty annoyed when I go to a restaurant and spend a fair amount, and find the food only minimally pleasing.
What do the experts say? “If you’re a consumer and want to eat at a buffet, the best thing to do is eat at the most expensive buffet you can afford. You won’t eat more, but you’ll have a better experience overall,” said Wansink.
It's interesting that plain old
Americans are now doing what his powerful Republican brothers
A recent anti-Trump rally blocked a
highway into Phoenix, where he was scheduled to appear, for several
hours. With his usual blindness to the facts (the truth, anyone?),
he blithely ignored it later in his talk.
Let's not even mention all the times
he's hinted at violence, and inspired his followers to commit it,
then not accepting responsibility for it. Remember he was going to
pay the fine for the man charged with assault at one of his rallies?
You don't hear any more of that. Like everything else that a bully,
secretly weak and powerless in his gut, he slithered right out of
that one, too. (Of course, he was probably just too cheap.)
But what I hate most about Trump is his
But it's not the Republican
establishment, or the Hillary supporters, or even the Megyn Kellys
who call him the foolish egotistical man that he is who he hates.
How can something invented barely 20 years ago in Japan (has it really been that long?). And who came up with the word???
In any event, a new report investigates what effect they have on pretty much the last place you'd expect them. The workplace. Or, at least, the places I worked. In fact, sending and receiving emojis in the workplace could have an impact on productivity and innovation in the workplace, according to newswise.com.
University of Delaware management professor Kyle Emich has explored the effects of emotions on teams and performance and is now taking on what effect, if any, they have on innovation and productivity.
"In our lab, we normally induce emotional states by showing people happy or sad video clips or pictures," he tells newswise.com. "For example, we…
You may remember the famous marshmallow test, where kids were given the soft chewy treats and were told if they waited for 15 minutes before they ate them, they would get more.
Predictably, some of the kids ate the marshmallows right away. But some waited, and got their reward.
Can waiting help us, though, in adult life?
Certainly, it's better to wait to collect Social Security (you get more if you wait till after you qualify). And waiting is certainly better than yelling "Surprise!" before the anticipated guest arrives.
Waiting is one of those softer skills often ignored and little value-placed. The concept of waiting can cover many aspects of our lives and is often supported by frustrations, boredom, impatience or a restlessness, according to Beverley Powell MSc,BSc PGCE, Leadership Associate at Health Educ ation England Diversity & Inclusion, in the UK.