Linking taste and memory-NPR
I found it very interesting.
This is interesting, Phaedrus. My first inclination is to disagree that most people don't retain taste memory very well . . . but then, my time on CH might be giving me a skewed sampling of the people. ;) But some of the comments at the end of the article seem to support my opinion.
But I don't know if a bunch of puppet-clad actors 'swimming' around me would aid my memory of the dish I was eating, or just thoroughly *distract* me from it.
I don't think the puppets would do anything for me either, but in my coaching life, there is a lot of talk about motor skill retention that is environment based, i.e. smells, sights, temperature, humidity, etc all affects how skills are retained. So it might just be that taste memory retention is more intense if other sensory experiences are more intense too.