Sensory Evaluation Techniques, Fourth Edition

Morten C. Meilgaard, B. Thomas Carr, Gail Vance Civille

"…a very useful book for those that are active in descriptive sensory science…if you are actively involved in sensory science you cannot afford to miss this book, even if you already have a previous edition."
-- Dr. Johann W. Wiechers in IFSCC Magazine

Item No: 38397

©7" x 10" hardcover; 448 pages; 3 pounds

$125.00 Price
$118.75 Sale Price
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From listing the steps involved in a sensory evaluation project to presenting advanced statistical methods, Sensory Evaluation Techniques, Fourth Edition covers all phases of sensory evaluation. Like its bestselling predecessors, this edition continues to detail all sensory tests currently in use, to promote the effective employment of these tests, and to describe major sensory evaluation practices.

With numerous examples and sample tests, Sensory Evaluation Techniques, Fourth Edition remains an essential resource that illustrates the development of sensory perception testing.
Product Features
  • Explains numerous tests, including sensory, attribute, descriptive, and affective (consumer)
  • Defines several classic qualitative and quantitative methods for testing with consumers
  • Includes substantial explanations of "fuzzy front end" and Internet research techniques
  • Presents basic concepts for tabular and graphical summaries, hypothesis testing, and the design of sensory panels
  • Examines multifactor experiments and multivariate techniques, such as cluster analysis, regression analysis, and partial least-squares
  • Provides statistical tables as well as guidelines for choosing techniques and for reporting results


Introduction to Sensory Techniques

Sensory Attributes and the Way We Perceive Them

Controls for Test Room

Factors Influencing Sensory Verdicts

Measuring Responses​

Overall Difference Tests: Does a Sensory Difference Exist Between Samples?

Attribute Difference Tests: How Does Attribute X Differ Between Samples?

Determining Threshold

Selection and Training of Panel Members

Descriptive Analysis Techniques

The SpectrumTM Descriptive Analysis Method

Affective Tests: Consumer Tests and In-house Panel Acceptance Tests

Basic Statistical Methods

Advanced Statistical Methods

Guidelines for Choice of Technique

Guidelines for Reporting Results

Statistical Tables


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