An experiment to make people eat dog food?

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Things my party guests sometimes say to me:

  • Julie, where’s the bathroom?

  • Julie, what a nice collection of dog books you have.

  • Julie, we need a lot of paper towels right now.

  • Julie, do you have any dog food? I’m hungry.

I’ve never met him, but I have to imagine John Bohannon woke up one morning and thought,“What does dog food taste like?” That, or “How can I make a lot of people voluntarily eat dog food?”

Either way, the outcome was the same. Bohannon gathered eighteen people together to voluntarily consume dog food in a study exploring whether people can distinguish between pâté and dog food.

Out-of-the-ordinary studies get me going — from Gosling’s exploration of personality differences between dog and cat people to whether there is a difference in how dogs sniff a stranger’s crotch and an owner’s crotch (there is).

Bohannon’s study is similar, in that it is “different.” Bohannon and his colleagues crafted an experiment to investigate the intrinsic palatability of dog food by performing a run-of-the-mill, double blind, taste test. The results were published in the American Association of Wine Economists.

To learn about the results of this test, read this blog post in its entirety on DogSpies.


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