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There's more to a meal

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Science  16 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6343, pp. 1129
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan4039

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How often have you returned, in thought, to a sumptuous dinner eaten some time ago? It's unlikely that you recall the specifics of the dishes you savored with such delight, but you undoubtedly remember how the meal made you feel, and you can probably recall the atmosphere in which it was consumed. This is, in fact, a common occurrence: The food itself is only one of the factors that influence your perception of a dining experience, and—much to the chagrin of chefs—not always the most important one. Gastrophysics, by Charles Spence, deals with the wide range of factors that influence the eating experience.