Some Emotions, Such As Love, Can Affect Taste: Study

"We thought, let's see whether this applies to love." [ How Do I Love Thee? Experts Count 8 Ways ] Because Chan speaks Mandarin Chinese, he also wondered about jealousy , for which there is a Mandarin metaphor: chi cu. It literally means, "to ingest vinegar." There are similar metaphors in German, Chan said. After surveying students at the National University of Singapore to be sure that they were aware of the "love is sweet" and "jealousy is bitter" metaphor, Chan and his colleagues conducted three experiments with students at the same university. In the first two studies, researchers asked students to write about an experience either with romantic love or with jealousy, or about a neutral topic. Next, scientists had the students taste either Ribena Pastilles (a sweet-and-sour gummy candy) or Meiji Morinaga bittersweet chocolates. The candies balanced bitter and sweet and bitter and sour equally, and it required a lot of taste-testing to find that quality. "I bought like $80 worth of candies, because I was trying to find a suitable one," Chan said. "I was eating candies practically every day." Metaphor made real After tasting the candies, the students (197 in total) ranked the treats' sweetness, bitterness and sourness. Full story: