Does Personality Have A Relationship To What We Consume?

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Author: Sofia PC

Grade Level: 6th - 8th; Type: Behavioral Science


This experiment will determine whether the diet and taste preferences of humans relate to their personality.

Research Questions:

What parts of the tongue are responsible for each of the different tastes?

Some people believe that people who can eat really spicy foods are fierce in personality or have bad tempers. It is also believed that people who eat foods with more subtle flavors to be gentle and sweet. Is this a fact or a myth?


  • Test subjects (as many as you can)
  • Pen/paper

Experimental Procedure:

  1. Ask your test subjects to rate their preferences for sweet, salty, spicy, or sour flavors. Record the results
  2. Ask each subject to take this personality test online and share the results with you.
  3. Evaluate whether you see a relationship between food flavors and personality traits. Are there any trends or patterns?

Terms/Concepts: Taste; Taste buds; Personality; Preferences


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