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The map of polarizing food

Certain foods evoke great fondness for the one and dislike for the other. This is an indication that a food is polarizing; only few people feel a neutrality towards the polarizing product – it divides society into two contrarian groups. In order to investigate whether a food has polarizing properties, the web application Polarisense was developed for the Muenster University of Applied Sciences.

The example licorice

In two bachelor theses, the platform was developed and first analyzes where made. One bachelor thesis was supervised by Loomeric. After a nationwide survey, the following hypotheses have been researched and documented by the example of licorice:
  • People who are grown up or live in northern Germany statistically have more likely a preference for licorice, than persons who live or are grown up in the south.
  • If the parents like to eat licorice, their children are prone to this preference.
  • Persons who had been as a child contact with licorice, statistically prefer licorice more than those who came with the food to contact in adulthood.
To investigate the theses Polarisense offers map and chart views. The bilingual platform was presented on the German Sensory Days in Berlin.
Bachelor thesis
  Martin Moeller
  Saskia Schaffhausen
  Julian Geils