Is food preference innate instinct driven or human's free will?

Weiyue Shi, Thomas Eidenberger

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The question whether food preference decisions are controlled by innate instincts, or a conscious decision-making process is still open. The answer to this question is important not only for neuroscientists, psychologists, and philosophers but also for food scientists and developers. Looking from different perspectives involved in food preference decisions could not only settle a long ongoing debate but also pave the way to understand why people prefer to eat what they eat.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12822
JournalJournal of Texture Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2024


  • conscious decision
  • food preference
  • human free will
  • innate instinct


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