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  • In this activity, students investigate the belief held by scientists that colour has an influence on the taste of food. The sense of sight or vision is thought to interact with the senses of taste and smell or odour.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • appreciate that the sense of sight is linked to our perception of flavour
    • realise that colour gives us (and many other members of the animal kingdom) clues as to what we can expect a food to taste like
    • have an awareness that our brain links the colour intensity of food to the intensity of its flavour.

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    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student worksheet.

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