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Measuring the Material Properties Related to Human Perceptions

Version 1 : Received: 17 September 2018 / Approved: 18 September 2018 / Online: 18 September 2018 (08:53:57 CEST)

How to cite: Pan, N. Measuring the Material Properties Related to Human Perceptions. Preprints 2018, 2018090333. Pan, N. Measuring the Material Properties Related to Human Perceptions. Preprints 2018, 2018090333.


Sensory evaluation has been widely applied in assessing the quality of many consumer products that directly serve human needs such as food, beverages, clothing, etc. This paper first examined the inherent deficiencies in this approach, due mainly to the essentially subjective nature of human sensory preference. It then argued that instinctively designating certain materials attributes as sensory perceptions is unnecessary; considering every scientific concept is in essence the processed results of our sensory organs/brains, i.e., all quantities were initially human perceptions. Scientific advances have inevitably generated gradual transformation of such human perceptions as warmth and heaviness into objective parameters measurable in physical quantities like temperature and kilograms. Then using existing successful examples, it demonstrated firmly how the sensory attributes can be assessed by more reliable instrumental methods, and envisioned the key steps to turning a perception into scientifically measurable parameter(s).


Quality assessment; sensory attributes; human perception and bias; perception-to-objectivity transformation (POT)


Chemistry and Materials Science, Materials Science and Technology

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