Taste of Materials Experiment - Volunteers Needed

26 January 2012

Do you fancy taking part in an experiment we are running to investigate further The Taste of Materials?

Our next round of experiments are about to begin and we are looking for willing volunteers to donate an hour of their time.

More information can be found below.


‘Volunteer recruitment for study ref: BDM/10/11-105, approved by Biomedical and Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine (BDM) and Natural and Mathematical Sciences Research Ethics Sub-Committee (RESC). This project contributes to the College's role in conducting research, and teaching research methods. You are under no obligation to reply to this, however if you choose to, participation in this research is voluntary and you may withdraw at anytime.’

We would like to invite you to participate in an original Institute of Making research study entitled ‘The perception of material samples through oral sensation’. The work is designed to investigate how we perceive solid objects that are put in the mouth, such as cutlery.

In the study, you will be asked to test a variety of lolly sticks by putting them in your mouth. The lolly sticks are made from different materials typically used for cutlery, namely metals, woods, plastics and glass. You will then be asked to compare the sensations of the different materials, and your answers will be recorded numerically. During your tasting of the lolly sticks you will be requested to wear a blindfold, but this will only be for short periods at a time.

To be a participant in the study, you must be between 18 and 65 years of age and in good general health and not pregnant. In addition, you must not be suffering from a cold at the time of the test, or suffering from any general medical condition known to compromise your senses of taste and smell. If you agree to participate, the study will be conducted in the Materials Library at King’s College London, Strand campus and will last approximately 1 hour in total.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please send an email to supinya.wongsriruksa[at]kcl.ac.uk with your contact details. Full details will be available on the Participant Information Sheet which you will receive.