Influence of chopstick size on taste evaluations

Psychol Rep. 2015 Apr;116(2):381-7. doi: 10.2466/31.PR0.116k21w2. Epub 2015 Mar 6.


This study explored the influence of the length of chopsticks on taste evaluations. Participants (N=78; M age=21.1 yr., SD=3.8) reported a greater liking for their food and higher purchase intentions when using long rather than short chopsticks. Findings also indicated that the long (vs short) chopsticks caused people to slow down when eating, resulting in greater eating duration and a higher number of mouthfuls. The findings of this study provide insights on research into the role of tableware in food intake.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cooking and Eating Utensils*
  • Eating / psychology*
  • Female
  • Food Preferences / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Taste Perception / physiology*
  • Young Adult