As bitter as a trombone: synesthetic correspondences in nonsynesthetes between tastes/flavors and musical notes.

Authors: Anne-Sylvie Crisinel and Charles Spence
Publication: AP&P Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics
Publication volume & date: October 2010 vol. 72 no. 7
DOI: 10.3758/APP.72.7.1994
Abridged Summary: …implicit associations between taste and pitch have been reported recently (Crisinel & Spence, 2009, 2010). Here… [the authors] replicate and extend these findings through explicit matching of sounds of varying pitch to a range of tastes/flavors. In addition, participants in the experiment reported here also chose the type of musical instrument most appropriate for each taste/flavor. The association of sweet and sour tastes to high-pitched notes was confirmed. By contrast, umami and bitter tastes were preferentially matched to low-pitched notes…

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