Tune That Beer! Listening for the Pitch of Beer
AbstractWe report two experiments designed to assess the key sensory drivers underlying people’s association of a specific auditory pitch with Belgian beer. In particular, we assessed if people would rely mostly on the differences between beers in terms of their relative alcohol strength, or on the contrast between the most salient taste attributes of the different beers. In Experiment 1, the participants rated three bitter beers (differing in alcohol content), using a narrow range of pitch choices (50–500 Hz). The results revealed that the beers were all rated around the same pitch (Mean = 232 Hz, SD = 136 Hz). In Experiment 2, a wider range of pitch choices (50–1500 Hz), along with the addition of a much sweeter beer, revealed that people mostly tend to match beers with bitter-range profiles at significantly lower pitch ranges when compared to the average pitch of a much sweeter beer. These results therefore demonstrate that clear differences in taste attributes lead to distinctly different matches in terms of pitch. Having demonstrated the robustness of the basic crossmodal matching, future research should aim to uncover the basis for such matches and better understand the perceptual effects of matching/non-matching tones on the multisensory drinking experience. View Full-Text
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Reinoso Carvalho, F.; Wang, Q.J.; de Causmaecker, B.; Steenhaut, K.; van Ee, R.; Spence, C. Tune That Beer! Listening for the Pitch of Beer. Beverages 2016, 2, 31.
Reinoso Carvalho F, Wang QJ, de Causmaecker B, Steenhaut K, van Ee R, Spence C. Tune That Beer! Listening for the Pitch of Beer. Beverages. 2016; 2(4):31.Chicago/Turabian Style
Reinoso Carvalho, Felipe; Wang, Qian J.; de Causmaecker, Brecht; Steenhaut, Kris; van Ee, Raymond; Spence, Charles. 2016. "Tune That Beer! Listening for the Pitch of Beer." Beverages 2, no. 4: 31.
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