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Development of an emotion lexicon in Greek for the self-report and measurement of emotions elicited by foods.
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1  Laboratory of Consumer and Sensory Perception of Foods & Beverages, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of the Aegean, Metropolite Ioakeim 2, Myrina, 81400, Lemnos, Greece
Academic Editor: Yongquan Xu


Sensory linguistics and food science meet in the field of consumer studies. Glossaries of emotions and tools for measuring feelings related to food consumption are being developed in order to understand consumer preferences, and to gain insight to be used in targeted product development and marketing. Although there are lexicons and tools for measuring emotions in various languages, they are none in Greek, leading to reduced competitiveness of Greek products and companies. As is the trend in cross-cultural studies, for the present study an English emotion measurement tool was translated into Greek. The consumers with whom the translated tool was tested reported that many of the emotions contained were inappropriate for the task. Thus, the need to develop a lexicon in Greek from scratch was identified. Following the methodology for the development of EsSense Profile (King & Meiselman, 2010) an established commercial measurement tool, input from consumers was collected using questionnaires of various forms and for a variety of foods and beverages. Additionally, language sources were used for the development of the new Greek tool. The World Wide Web and Instagram were also used as linguistic resources, a practice that does not belong to standard methodology but follows current literature. The new emotion lexicon was used as a measurement tool and compared with a broadly used measurement tool that contains emoji.


King, S. C., & Meiselman, H. L. (2010). Development of a method to measure consumer emotions associated with foods. Food Quality and Preference, 21(2), 168–177.

Keywords: emotion lexicon; consumers; lexicon development; emotion measurement