The Aesthetics of Temporal Sequence: Making Meals and Concerts Optimal Experiences

Paul RozinThursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library, 7th Floor
Paul Rozin, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
“The Aesthetics of Temporal Sequence: Making Meals and Concerts Optimal Experiences”

Social Sciences Forum
Distinguished Lecture in Psychology

Meals and concerts are both episodes of one to two hours, in which a sequence of events occurs.  The presentation will address what we know, and what we have to find out, about how the ordering of events effects both our experience and our memory.  Particular attention will be paid to the modern tasting (multiple course) menu and how some practices from music could inform the arrangement of meals.

Paul Rozin received a PhD in both biology and psychology from Harvard in 1961.  Over the last 25 years, the major focus of his research has been human food choice, considered from biological, psychological and anthropological perspectives.  During this period, he has studied the psychological significance of flavorings placed on foods in different cuisines, the cultural evolution of cuisine, the development of food aversions, the development of food preferences, family influences in preference development, body image, the acquisition of liking for chili pepper, chocolate craving, and attitudes to meat, Most recently, major foci of attention have been the emotion of disgust, the entry of food issues (e.g., meat, fat) into the moral domain in modern American culture, French-American differences in the food domain, attitudes to recycled water, the psychology of music, and the nature of remembered pleasure. In the last few years, he has also investigated forgiveness, aversions to ethnic groups, and ethnic identity.

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