Gustatory pleasure and pain. The offset of acute physical pain enhances responsiveness to taste

Bastian, Brock, Jetten, Jolanda and Hornsey, Matthew J. (2014) Gustatory pleasure and pain. The offset of acute physical pain enhances responsiveness to taste. Appetite, 72 150-155. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2013.10.011


Author Bastian, Brock
Jetten, Jolanda
Hornsey, Matthew J.
Title Gustatory pleasure and pain. The offset of acute physical pain enhances responsiveness to taste
Journal name Appetite   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0195-6663
1095-8304
Publication date 2014-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2013.10.011
Open Access Status
Volume 72
Start page 150
End page 155
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract The idea that pain may serve to produce pleasurable states has been noted by theorists and, more recently, substantiated by empirical findings. We explored the possibility that, beyond producing positive hedonic states, the offset of pain may serve to enhance the capacity for gustatory pleasure. Across three studies we examined whether pain offset may enhance responsiveness to taste. In Study 1 participants enjoyed chocolate more after the experience of pain compared to completing a similar but non-painful task. In Study 2, pain offset increased the perceived intensity of a range of tastes, both pleasant and unpleasant, indicating that the effects of pain offset are not limited to the processing of positive hedonic stimuli. In Study 3, pain offset increased sensitivity to different flavors. The findings suggest that the offset of acute pain increases awareness of, and therefore sensitivity to, gustatory input, thereby enhancing the capacity for gustatory pleasure.
Keyword Enjoyment
Physical pain
Pleasure
Sensory experience
Taste
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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