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Can Eating Make Us More Creative? A Multisensory Perspective

Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, 8200 Aarhus C, Denmark
Center for Music in the Brain, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark
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Academic Editor: Pascal Schlich
Foods 2021, 10(2), 469;
Received: 25 January 2021 / Revised: 11 February 2021 / Accepted: 17 February 2021 / Published: 20 February 2021
While it is well known how food can make us physically healthy, it remains unclear how the multisensory experience of eating might influence complex cognitive abilities such as creativity. A growing body of literature has demonstrated that all human senses are capable of sparking creativity. It follows then that eating, as one of the most multisensory of all human behaviors, should be a playground for creative thinking. The present review presents an overview of how creativity is defined and measured and what we currently know about creativity as influenced by the senses, both singular and in conjunction. Based on this foundation, we provide an outlook on potential ways in which what we eat, where we eat, and how we eat might positively support creative thinking, with applications in the workplace and home. We present the view that, by offering a rich multisensory experience, eating nourishes not only our bodies but also our mental well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: creativity; multisensory; eating experiences; cognition creativity; multisensory; eating experiences; cognition
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Wang, Q.J.; Barbosa Escobar, F.; Mathiesen, S.L.; Alves Da Mota, P. Can Eating Make Us More Creative? A Multisensory Perspective. Foods 2021, 10, 469.

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Wang QJ, Barbosa Escobar F, Mathiesen SL, Alves Da Mota P. Can Eating Make Us More Creative? A Multisensory Perspective. Foods. 2021; 10(2):469.

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Wang, Qian J., Francisco Barbosa Escobar, Signe L. Mathiesen, and Patricia Alves Da Mota. 2021. "Can Eating Make Us More Creative? A Multisensory Perspective" Foods 10, no. 2: 469.

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