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.
For all of you out there who got straight A's and scored high on your SAT (if you can remember back that far!), it doesn't necessarily mean that you can learn the visual skills needed to excel at tasks like matching fingerprints, interpreting medical X-rays, keeping track of aircraft on radar displays or forensic face- matching.
That is the implication of a new study which shows for the first time that there is a broad range of differences in people’s visual ability and that these variations are not associated with individuals’ general intelligence, or IQ.
“People may think they can tell how good they are at identifying objects visually,” says Isabel Gauthier, David K. Wilson Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University, who headed the study. “But it turns out that they are not very good at evaluating their own skills relative to others.”
In the past, research in visual object recognition has fo…
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.
Researchers from Leeds Beckett University are challenging the myth that extreme sports enthusiasts push themselves to the max and take risks no matter what the consequences.
Wingsuit flying is a relatively new parachute sport which involves a specifically designed jumpsuit that facilitates forward motion and directional control, according to newswise.com. It is considered the most dangerous parachute sport as it involves flying close to structures at speeds of over 200 mph, where a mistake or accident would most likely result in death, the web site maintains.
“When you think of the people involved in such extreme sports, you tend to think of risk takers who push themselves to the limit," says Dr Eric Brymer, a Reader in the Carnegie School of Sport. &quo…