Served straight up: Effects of verticality cues on taste evaluations and luxury perceptions

Thomas J.L. van Rompay* (Corresponding Author), Joris J. van Hoof, Jens Rorink, Marloes Folsche

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Based on the embodied cognition framework and research addressing transfer effects between visual perception and taste, the point of departure for this study is the widespread association between vertical orientation and connotations related to luxury and (economic) power. Specifically, this study tests whether vertical orientation not only affects impressions of product luxury, but also influences actual taste evaluations, including perceptions of taste strength (intensity) and taste liking. Results confirm these predictions by showing that participants in a Dutch coffee house gave higher ratings on these constructs when they were exposed to an ad display depicting vertically-oriented rather than horizontally-oriented visual cues during a coffee sample test. Findings furthermore stress the influence of design cues as opposed to more traditional product claims. Implications for marketing and design practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-78
Number of pages7
Early online date7 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • Advertising design
  • Embodied cognition
  • Graphic design
  • Sensation transfer
  • Taste experience
  • Visual communication


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