Sweet love: the effects of sweet taste experience on initial romantic perceptions

Ren, Dongning, Tan, Kenneth, Arriaga, Ximena B., and Chan, Kai Qin (2015) Sweet love: the effects of sweet taste experience on initial romantic perceptions. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 32 (7). pp. 905-921.

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Terms of endearment such as "sweetie," "honey," and "sugar" are commonly used in the context of describing romantic partners. This article explores how a relatively subtle manipulation, namely taste sensations, might influence romantic perceptions of a nonestablished relationship. Consistent with predictions, results from Studies 1 and 2 (n = 280) showed that participants evaluated a hypothetical relationship, but not an existing relationship, more favorably when exposed to sweet taste compared to non-sweet taste control. Study 3 (n = 142) further showed that participants indicated greater interest in initiating a relationship with a potential partner when exposed to sweet taste, as compared to control participants. Implications for the role of sweet taste experiences in attraction and relationship initiation are discussed.

Item ID: 56838
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1460-3608
Keywords: Attraction, metaphors, romantic interest, romantic relationships, sweet taste
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2014
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2019 23:03
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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