College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resources

Sensory Evaluation

Getting the Human Senses Involved

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Sensory Evaluation is the scientific discipline used to evoke, measure, analyze, and interpret reactions to the characteristics of food and materials as they are perceived by the senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing.  

The WSU Sensory Evaluation Facility is located on the Washington State University campus (Pullman WA) in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building.  Our facilities include:

  • Fully functioning kitchen preparation area with ovens, water baths, refrigerators, and counter space.

  • 8 pass-through sensory analysis booths, each equipped with a lap top computer.  Each computer is installed with Compusense Cloud for sensory data collection from panelists.  Each computer is linked to a mainframe computer for data collection and analysis.

  • Sensory training room for descriptive analysis training session.

  • Capability to train panelists and conduct formal sensory evaluation on-site in individual booths.

  • Well equipped Food Processing Pilot Plant (FSHN Pilot Plant

  • Well equipped WSU Creamery Pilot Plant (WSU Creamery).

Mission Statement

As part of a land-grant and research institution of distinction, the sensory evaluation facility at WSU contributes to the wider body of knowledge of sensory science through research, teaching and service.  At the WSU sensory facility, research within the field of sensory science is conducted, as well as research supporting other projects in the fields of food science and other related fields such as Horticulture, Animal Science and Marketing.  The sensory facilities are used for the education of students, formally in-class, as well as through club activities such as the Product Development Team and Food Science Club.  These facilities have also been used for the support of numerous service projects.

In order to conduct research at the WSU Sensory Facilities, all potential studies must be approved by WSU-Institutional Review Board ( to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects.

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Sensory Evaluation, School of Food Science, PO Box 646376, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-6376, 509-335-2438, Contact Us
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