Grade Level: 6th - 8th; Type: Behavioral Science
This experiment will determine whether the diet and taste preferences of humans relate to their personality.
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)
- Ask your test subjects to rate their preferences for sweet, salty, spicy, or sour flavors. Record the results
- Ask each subject to take this personality test online and share the results with you.
- 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
- Santrock, J.W. (2008).The Self, Identity, and Personality. In Mike Ryan(Ed.).A Topical Approach To Life-Span Development. (pg 411-412). New York:McGraw-Hill.