The Influence of Memories on Taste Perception

The Department of Psychology at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is conducting a study on the influence of memories on taste perception. If you qualify for the study, you will complete 1 in-person and 3 online visits. Over the course of the study you will complete 16 days of answering questions about eating and emotions on your phone.

*COVID-19 information*

Consistent with BGSU's Return to Campus Plan, we will make every effort to adhere to proper COVID-19 safety protocol while in face-to-face contact. This includes, but is not limited to, use of face masks during the full duration of study participation, maintaining 6-feet distance when possible, and researchers will use plexiglass barriers during sustained moments of face-to-face contact for added protection. In addition, sanitation protocol of research lab spaces will include regular sanitation of surfaces, door handles, and tables/chairs before and after each participant. For more information on BGSU's COVID-19 safety protocol, click here.

To qualify, you must:

a) be at least 18 years of age or older;

b) have a body mass index (a ratio of your height and body weight) in the overweight/obese range;

c) own a smart-phone that can be used over the course of the study;

d) not have a medical condition that impacts your weight or appetite (e.g., diabetes, cancer);

e) not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding;

f) no current or past history of an eating disorder diagnosis of Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa, Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Binge Eating Disorder, or Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified;

and g) have no food allergies.

You must be willing to attend an initial, in-person session (2 hour time commitment) in the Psychology Department at BGSU. Approximately 1 hour into this initial session, study eligibility will be confirmed. If you are not eligible at this time, then you will receive a $25 gift card for your participation. If you are eligible, you will complete the remainder of the initial visit (1 hour) and the remainder of the study which includes several components.

After the initial session, there are 2-days of phone monitoring and a short online session (15 minutes). Next, there are 14-days of phone monitoring with a short online session (15 minutes) at day 7. There is a final, short online session (5 minutes). Participation in the first laboratory session and these brief, online meetings will total approximately 2- 3 hours. Phone monitoring during the 2 and 14 day periods will include prompts at least 3 times per day in which you will answer questions using a phone application. The number of times that you must answer questions depends on how many times per day you eat. We expect that it will take you less than 1 minute to answer questions on your phone, each time that you complete phone questions. A total estimate of time spent completing phone questions is 80 minutes. Total time commitment for the study is estimated at 4 hours.

Qualified participants who complete the study could earn up to $150 in gift cards! To learn more, please contact:

Wes Barnhart


Phone: +1 (614) 407-4863

Updated: 09/15/2021 12:38PM