How Smooth Does It Feel? The Effects of Haptics on Consumers’ Nutritional Perceptions

Courtney Szocs, Dipayan Biswas, Donald Lehmann

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We investigate how haptic properties of a food influence consumer’s perceptions of the food’s nutritional content. The results of two laboratory studies and one field study show that consumers perceive foods with smooth textures as higher in calories, fat, and overall less healthy than foods with rough textures, and that satiation moderates these effects. Based on these findings we discuss implications for consumers and marketers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDevelopments in Marketing Science
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Marketing Science: Proceedings of the Academy of Marketing Science
ISSN (Print)2363-6165
ISSN (Electronic)2363-6173

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Marketing
  • Strategy and Management

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