Associate Member Emerita, Monell Chemical Senses Center
Ph.D., Physiological Psychology; University of Pennsylvania
Development and modification of food preferences in humans: Specific areas of interest include methods of increasing acceptance of novel foods, mechanisms and measurement of food cravings, the effects of chemosensory (gustation, olfaction & chemesthesis) loss on food preferences in the elderly, picky eating in adults, addiction, obesity, sensory methods.
aging, obesity, craving, human, picky eating, gustation, olfaction, food selection, brain imaging, psychophysics
Alonso-Alonso, M.; Woods, S.C.; Pelchat, M.; Grigson, P.; Stice, E.; Farooqi, S.; Khoo, C.; Mattes, R.; Beauchamp, G.K. (2015). Food reward systems: current perspectives and future research needs. Nutrition Reviews, 73, 296-307.
Kauer, J.; Pelchat, M.; Rozin, P.; Zickgraf, H. (2015). Adult picky eating: Phenomenology, taste sensitivity, and psychological correlates. Appetite, 90, 219-228.
Lahne, J.; Trubek, A.B.; Pelchat, M.L. (2014) Consumer sensory perception of cheese depends on context: a study using comment analysis and linear mixed models. Food Quality and Preference, 32, 184-197.
Pelchat, M.L.; Bryant, B.; Cuomo, R.; Di Salle, F.; Fass, R.; Wise, P. (2014) Carbonation: A review of Sensory Mechanisms and Health Effects. Nutrition Today, 49, 308-312.
Coldwell, S.E.; Mennella, J.A.; Duffy, V.B.; Pelchat, M.L.; Griffith, J.W.; Smutzer, G.; Cowart, B.J.; Breslin, P.A.S.; et al. (2013) Gustation assessment using the NIH Toolbox. Neurology, 80 (SUPP), 1-5.
Corsica, J.A.; Pelchat, M.L. (2010) Food addiction: true or false? Current Opinions in Gastroenterology, 26, 165-169.
Pelchat, M.L.; Bykowski, C.; Duke, F.; Reed, D.R. (2010) Excretion and perception of a characteristic odor in urine after asparagus ingestion: A psychophysical and genetic study. Chemical Senses, 36, 9-17.
Pelchat, M.L. (2009) Food addiction in humans. Journal of Nutrition, 139, 620-622.
Pelchat, M.L.; Johnson, A.; Chan, R.; Valdez, J.; Ragland, J.D. (2004) Images of desire: Food-craving activation during fMRI. NeuroImage, 23, 1486-1493.
Delwiche, J.F.; Pelchat, M.L. (2002) Influence of glass shape on the perception of wine aroma. Journal of Sensory Studies, 17, 19-28.
Pelchat, M.L. (2002) Of human bondage: Food craving, obsession, compulsion, and addiction. Physiology & Behavior, 76, 347-352.
Pelchat, M.L.; Blank, F. (2001) A scientific approach to flavors and olfactory memory. In: Walker, H. (ed.) Food and the Memory: Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, 2000 Proceedings. Devon, UK: Prospect Books, 192-198.
Pelchat, M.L. (2001) Is age-related olfactory loss uniform across odorants? In: Lorig, T.S. (Ed.) Compendium of Olfactory Research. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 3-12.
Pelchat, M.L. (2000) You can teach an old dog new tricks: Olfaction and responses to novel foods by the elderly. Appetite, 35, 153-160.
Pelchat, M.L.; Schaefer, S. (2000) Dietary monotony and food cravings in young and elderly adults. Physiology & Behavior, 68, 353-359.
Pelchat, M.L.; Beauchamp, G.K. (1999) Sensory and taste preferences of chocolate. In: Knight, I. (ed.) Chocolate and Cocoa. Oxford: Blackwell Science, 310-320.