Crisp sounds

CharlesSpence.jpgCrispness is associated with crunchiness, but your ears make a difference. That’s the takeaway-and-chew-on-it message of an Oxford University study called The Role of Auditory Cues in Modulating the Perceived Crispness and Staleness of Potato Chips.

The authors, the experimental psychologists Massimiliano Zampini and Charles Spence, wax distinctly poetical:

We investigated whether the perception of the crispness and staleness of potato chips can be affected by modifying the sounds produced during the biting action….

So begins this week’s Improbable Research column in The Guardian.