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Professor Alan Chalmers

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Mitigating the impact of flavour dysfunction on mental health and well-being through virtual flavour


Human flavour perception is a complex interaction of gustatory, olfactory, somatosensory, and emotional stimuli [Rol15]. Loss or alteration of a person’s ability to perceive a flavour, e.g. in Parkinson’s Disease or long-COVID [SMV*21], can have a significant impact on a person’s nutritional intake, mental health and well-being [EGS*16, LBP*21]. Simulated flavour research at the University of Warwick has shown that it is possible to simulate, with high accuracy, real flavour experiences, including additional important environmental factors, such as where we are eating and with whom [CHM09]. This PhD investigates how virtual flavour can provide insights into flavour dysfunction and help mitigate its impact on an individual’s mental health and well-being.


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