Satiation from sensory simulation: Evaluating foods decreases enjoyment of similar foods

Jeffrey S. Larson, Joseph P. Redden, Ryan S. Elder

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We demonstrate in two studies that people get more satiated on a food after repeatedly rating or choosing among similar foods shown in pictures. Repeated evaluations of food apparently have an effect similar to actual consumption-decreased enjoyment of foods that share a similar taste characteristic (i.e., sensory-specific satiety). We provide mediation evidence to show that satiation manifests because considering a food engenders spontaneous simulations of the taste of that food item, which by itself is enough to produce satiation. These findings establish sensory simulations as an important mechanism underlying satiation, and provide behavioral evidence that simple evaluations can produce sensory-specific satiety.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-194
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Consumer Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • Hedonic consumption
  • Satiation
  • Sensory simulation
  • Sensory-specific satiety


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