The Italian Sensory Science Society is pleased to present the 7th renewed Live Online Edition of a 3-day synchronous course in sensory and consumer science, enriched by a R-lab optional module.

The course will feature recent advances in cognitive psychology applied to sensory and consumer studies on foods, beverages, cosmetics, personal care and home care products.

You will also get an overview of the application some of the most important methods and statistical tools that can be used for collecting and extracting useful information from sensory and consumer data.

The course will give you an updated basis for planning an experimental design and for understanding your results more in depth for decisions in a commercial setting.

Level: Intermediate-Advanced

The course will cover both theoretical background, a large number of relevant examples and case studies, computer demonstrations and hands on activities.

THE COURSE IS BASED ON A MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH, WITH SIX MODULES, EACH FOCUSED ON A HOT TOPIC: CONSUMER PREFERENCES, EMOTIONS, EXPECTATIONS, INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, CONTEXTS AND IMPLICIT METHODS

Live intensive course Understanding consumers: 7th-9th June 2023

The course is live, but we understand that if you live in different time zones the schedule may not fits perfectly. For this reason we offer the possibility to watch the video recordings of the lessons for 10 days after the course. Download of the recordings is not possible.

We strongly encourage live participation as the course includes interactive activities, Q&A and discussion.

R-module (optional): on demand + live Q&A – 22nd of June 2023 1:00 pm

The R-module includes pre-recorded sessions, scripts, exercises, support via email and a live session of Q&A and discussion.

Brochure 2023

Programme

Time zone: Italy (CEST)

Wednesday 7 June 2023
9.00-9.30 Introduction to the course
PREFERENCES & EXPECTATIONS
9.30-10.45 Consumer preferences and acceptability: liking, wanting, preference and choice John Prescott
10.45-11.05 Break
11.05-12.30 Psychology of consumer preferences: the role of memory and expectations John Prescott
Long break|Lunch
14.30-15.50 Measuring expectations to gain an insight into product performance: Assimilation and contrast effects Erminio Monteleone
15.50-16.10 Break
16.10-17.30 Conjoint analysis: Evaluation of how extrinsic characteristics influence consumer expectations Gastón Ares
Thursday  8 June 2023
INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES & CONTEXT
9.30-10.30 Individual differences: Segmenting for liking and psychological traits and attitudes John Prescott
10.30-10.45 Break
10.45-12.00 Individual differences in liking + hands on: preference mapping Erminio Monteleone
12.00-12.15 Break
12.15-13.00 Context in sensory & consumer studies John Prescott
Long break|Lunch
14.30-15.50 Studying context: methods and case studies; Context and product experience: Natural/naturalistic/Lab context/Home Use test/Central Location Test; Situational appropriateness; Evoked context: written scenarios, videos, pictures, immersive settings, virtual reality. Pros and cons Sara Spinelli
15.50-16.10 Break
16.10-17.30 Statistical techniques for clustering: Hierarchical and K-means cluster analysis Gastón Ares
Friday 9 June 2023
EMOTIONS & IMPLICIT METHODS
9.30-10.30 What are emotions? Valence and arousal John Prescott
10.30-10.45 Break
10.45-12.30 Implicit methods applied in sensory & consumer studies to study preference, emotions and expectations: Implicit Association Test (IAT), priming and other tasks

Hands on implicit methods:
Exercises of Implicit Association Test (IAT) design and data analysis

Lapo Pierguidi
Long break|Lunch
14.30-15.50 Measuring emotions: methods and case studies and Hands on
• Explicit measurements:Standardised and product specific  questionnaires; examples: EsSense Profile, GEOS, EmoSemio, PrEmo, emoji questionnaires
• Measuring emotions from the brain: applied consumer neuroscience

Hands on: emotion questionnaires

Sara Spinelli
15.50-16.10 Break
16.10-17.30 Emotions in product development: from the product to the packaging (and back)
• Sensory drivers of emotions; Integrating context appropriateness, sensory and emotional profiling: “global” profiling of products
Sara Spinelli

Additional R-Lab

Lecturer: Gastón Ares

The course includes access to recordings of the lectures (2 hours) (this part will not be live), scripts and exercises, support via email and a Live session for Questions and Answers

 

Programme

  • R-basics: How to import data and launch an analysis
  • Hands on Conjoint Analysis using R: Relative importance of intrinsic and extrinsic characteristics on consumer perception
  • Cluster Analysis using R

Attendees of the R-Lab module should install R and RStudio www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/ (available for Windows and Mac). Data for exercises will be provided.

When

22nd of June 2023 1:00 pm

Registrations

Deadline for Early-bird Registration: 26th May, 2023

REGISTER NOW

Due to COVID-19 pandemic we have adjusted our prices, with a reduction of 250 euro. The final discounted fees are reported below:

Early Bird Registration Fee:

  • 750 euro (SISS/E3S members)
  • 850 (non SISS/E3S members)

After the 26th of May:

  • 850 euro (SISS/E3S members)
  • 950 (non SISS/E3S members)

Registration includes course materials and the certificate of attendance. Recordings of the course lessons will be available for 10 days, not downloadable.

  • 15% discount applied to each additional registrant from the same company/institution when registered at the same time.
  • 10% discount is reserved to students, Postdoc and young free lance professionals (under 35 years old).

R-Lab module is optional and will have a cost of 200 euro.

PAYMENT

Registration may be paid with bank transfer (see instructions in the registration form) or using a Credit Card/Paypal here. Click on “add to the card” for every option you want to select. Soon available!