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Gastrophysicist Charles Spence — and a neighborhood science experiment — reveal how the color of your plate affects how food tastes.

In cooking and eating, sound is the forgotten sense. But you can tell whether you're cutting scallions correctly, or how good your chocolate is, by the sounds they make.

Psychologist Charles Spence says "taste" is influenced by many different factors -- from the background music in a restaurant to your own DNA and even the shape of your spoon.

Changing background music can make chocolate taste sweeter. And you can tell whether you're cutting scallions correctly by the sound they make. Hear (and taste) the difference yourself in this show!