Today we did a taste experiment to see whether sight has an influence on taste.
Before we began, students thought about what they thought would happen and wrote a hypothesis.
Adam, Aubrey, Claire, Frankie, Siena, Teddy, Pieter Johnny and Nora hypothesized that sight would not influence taste. Emma, Emanie, Shotaro and Arwyn hypothesized that it would.
Next Ms Leah brought out a bottle of green liquid and poured us each some. She asked us to taste it and write down what we thought it was. After we had finished, she poured us a little water to clear our palette before bringing out the second bottle, which was a red liquid. We tasted it and wrote down what we thought it was. The liquid in the next bottle was orange, and the last bottle was purple.
After we had tasted the four bottles, we discussed what we thought.
Emma: When I first saw the green bottle, I thought it was going to be a lime drink.
Nora: I thought it was apple, and it was. It was green apple.
Answer: Green apple
Siena: I thought it would be strawberry.
Pieter: Or raspberry maybe.
Aubrey: It tasted like a lollipop.
Emanie: It tasted like candy.
Arwyn: When it first came out I thought for sure it was orange Fanta, and I love Fanta. I was so excited.
Johnny: But it wasn't. It was just water and food coloring.
Shotaro: Bubbly water and food coloring.
Siena: It tasted awful.
Emma: It was horrible.
Pieter: It was so disgusting.
Johnny: I couldn't drink it!
Nora: It tasted like nothing.
Answer: Perrier and orange food coloring.
Emma: I thought it looked like plum.
Siena: Or ribena.
Teddy: It tasted like jelly.
Results: While nobody was fooled by the orange-colored sparkling water, many of the students commented on how badly it tasted, a few leaving the room to spit it out or refusing to drink the rest. It seems that while sight did not affect our ability to identify different flavors, it did affect our enjoyment of them.
We are looking forward to Part II of our taste experiments on Monday.
Question: Is it harder to identify a taste without sight or texture? (With jellybeans!)