WSU Sensory Center looking for older adults in food study

The WSU Sensory Science Center is looking for older adult participants for an upcoming study to evaluate texture perception and sensitivity on Saturday, Mar. 11th or by appointment.

Three separate tables in a room. Two people sit at each table, one a senior and the other a WSU person asking questions.
Participants in a sensory study answer questions from WSU staff and students.

They need volunteers, at least 60 years of age or older and living independently or unassisted, to join a study to evaluate texture perception and sensitivity.

Qualified participants will attend a one hour session at the WSU Sensory Science Center. During this session, participants will fill out a questionnaire then researchers will measure your saliva flow rate, medication intake, oral health, mouth behavior, particle sensitivity, oral tactile sensitivity, and food texture preferences.

Part of this session will require testing yogurt samples. Participants must not have an allergy or intolerance to the following ingredients:​​​​​​​ Dairy/milk, quinoa, or wheat.

Participants will receive a $20 Walmart gift card.

Contact Olivia Chaffee at to participate or if you have questions.

Media Contacts

Olivia Chaffee, WSU Sensory Science Center,