Taste Sensitivity and Exercise Performance

Recruitment closed

Aim of the study

This study aims to investigate individual oral sensitivity to various taste stimuli and to also investigate the effect of oral rinses on cycling performance and if there is a link between taste sensitivity and exercise performance.

Why we are researching this

Investigating individual perception and sensitivity provides an insight into why individuals may overconsume certain foods or illicit a particular response to stimuli. There are a multitude of factors which influence taste perception, including environmental (dietary) and genetic factors. If a link is found between taste sensitivity and exercise performance, this may provide benefits to the sporting community.


Eligibility criteria

  • Males aged 18 to 50 years old
  • Double vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Engage in physical activity
  • Non-smoker
  • No food allergies or no impaired taste or smell
  • No recent injuries or serious heart or respiratory conditions


Key points for participants 

Participation in this project will involve attending 8 sessions ranging from 1-5 hours at Deakin University. These sessions will include leisure breaks. There will be a 7 day break between each session.


Upon completion of the study, you will be reimbursed with a $100 Woolworths gift voucher.

Contact details of the study coordinator 

Ms Claudia Hartley

PhD Candidate

Email: crhartley@deakin.edu.au


Approved ethics number

Project Approval Number: 2019-446.