Accession Number : ADA198241


Title :   The Effects of Rotary Motion on Taste and Odor Ratings: Implications for Space Travel


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 22 Jun-28 Aug 1987


Corporate Author : BATTELLE COLUMBUS DIV OH


Personal Author(s) : Tennissen, Ann M ; Lesher, Larry L ; Cardello, Armand V


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a198241.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1987


Pagination or Media Count : 37


Abstract : Astronauts have reported that food eaten in space tastes different or bland. This experiment was designed to investigate the possible role of the motion component of space travel as a contributor to taste and/or odor preference shifts. Two subjects from the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory were used to examine the effects of motion in a rotating room on taste and odor ratings. Solutions of NaCl, sucrose, citric acid, and quinine sulfate for taste tests and 10 food odorants for odor tests were rated on both intensity and pleasantness qualities before and after time spent in a rotating room. There was an effect of this motion in one subject whose ratings differed significantly on post-rotation tests. This fact lends support to the idea that motion may be a part of the reported taste changes in space. Keywords: Spinning(Motion), Astronauts, Space missions, Space flight, Space rations, Taste, Odor, Motion, Rotation, Food consumption, Acceptance tests.


Descriptors :   *ROTATION , *SMELL , *TASTE , ACCEPTANCE TESTS , ASTRONAUTS , CITRIC ACID , FOOD , FOOD CONSUMPTION , LABORATORIES , MOTION , ODORS , ORIENTATION(DIRECTION) , PERFORMANCE(HUMAN) , QUININE , RATINGS , SPACE FLIGHT , SPACE MISSIONS , SPACE RATIONS , SPACE(ROOM) , SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION , SUCROSE , SULFATES , TEST AND EVALUATION


Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Stress Physiology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE