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Measuring the multisensory imagery of wine: The vividness of wine imagery questionnaire

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JournalMultisensory Research
DateAccepted/In press - 15 Feb 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 19 Mar 2019
DatePublished (current) - 7 May 2019
Issue number3
Volume32
Early online date19/03/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

When we imagine objects or events, we often engage in multisensory mental imagery. Yet, investigations of mental imagery have typically focused on only one sensory modality—vision. One reason for this is that the most common tool for the measurement of imagery, the questionnaire, has been restricted to unimodal ratings of the object. We present a new mental imagery questionnaire that measures multisensory imagery. Specifically, the newly developed Vividness of Wine Imagery Questionnaire (VWIQ) measures mental imagery of wine in the visual, olfactory, and gustatory modalities. Wine is an ideal domain to explore multisensory imagery because wine drinking is a multisensory experience, it involves the neglected chemical senses (smell and taste), and provides the opportunity to explore the effect of experience and expertise on imagery (from wine novices to experts). The VWIQ questionnaire showed high internal consistency and reliability, and correlated with other validated measures of imagery. Overall, the VWIQ may serve as a useful tool to explore mental imagery, for researchers, as well as individuals in the wine industry during sommelier training and evaluation of wine professionals.

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  • Multisensory imagery, cognition, experience, olfaction, taste, vision, wine

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