The impact of menu label design on visual attention, food choice and recognition: an eye tracking study

REALE, Sophie and FLINT, Stuart (2016). The impact of menu label design on visual attention, food choice and recognition: an eye tracking study. Journal of Sensory Studies, 31 (4), 328-340.

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Nutritional labeling on menus has been found to promote informed food choices and reduce information asymmetry between manufacturers and consumers. However, lack of attention to nutritional labels limits their effectiveness. This study manipulated the way in which nutritional information was provided on menus in aim of enhancing visual attention to the most health relevant information. A between-subject design was implemented with three experimental conditions (nondirective label; directive label; semidirective label). A total of 84 participants chose meals off a starter, main and desert menu whilst their eye movements were tracked using Tobii eye tracking software. Results showed that the menu labels did not significantly differ in their attentional gaining properties, however, the use of color and health logos led participants to choose meals containing significantly less calories compared to when nutritional information was presented in black text alone. These findings indicate that nutritional information should be provided in color or as health logos as this has the largest impact on food choice.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
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Page Range: 328-340
Depositing User: Alison Beswick
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 16:50
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 00:37

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