Since there is no universal test method, each problem must be thoroughly analyzed before a specific test method is selected. Come learn the discrimination test methods designed to determine whether there is a perceived difference between samples.
Learn the analysis method models used to determine specific issues. Learn the types of panels, issues involved in the development of program, what to demonstrate, and the specific description analysis methods.
Consumer Testing Procedures and Issues
Learn the methods used to assess consumer responses to products, product ideas, and specific product characteristics that give a snapshot of the potential success of a product.
Learn the statistical analysis of rating scale data, how to monitor the sensory panelist performance, how to design and analyze discrimination tests, how to sample serve order designs, product formulation designs, and methods relating variables. Don’t worry - a background in statistics is NOT required!
Sensory Data Relations
Learn why it’s important to validate data, how to validate it using different testing methods, and understand the product, the processes and the consumer response.
Flavor Descriptive Terminology and Time Intensity Measurement
Learn the different flavor profiles, methods, different descriptive terminology, and how flavor is enhanced by the environment. The key to making a food taste great? Making the product delight many of the senses at once.
Recent Developments in Sensory Research
Learn the most recent developments in the field of Sensory Research. Specialized topics will be discussed such as the genetics of bitter taste: insights into individual taste worlds.
Tour of Rutgers University Sensory Lab
Take a tour of the Rutgers University Sensory labs. Ask questions and see research related to concepts just learned in the classroom! See for yourself the innovative sensory evaluation techniques currently being practiced here.