August 1, 2008


Nope, that isn’t my noggin. I don’t have any nasty tumors (I don’t think so anyhow).. but I thought some people might actually find this entertaining/interesting though.

I got an email this week from a researcher at a University (that shall remain nameless..), asking me about my photography. I get emails from time to time from people asking if they can use my food shots for certain things, but never this..

The researchers I guess are doing some studies into how we react to apparently appetizing food. They want to use a photograph or two of mine, and show them to people that are in an MRI machine.. They then go ahead and measure brain responses to the images presented.

Sounds like pretty interesting stuff! The cool thing is that they are going to send me the results of the tests.

As a complete science geek, this made my week.

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  • Brittany August 2, 2008 at 12:37 am

    I guess if you had any doubts whatsoever about if your food looks delicious, that about cleared them up for you.

    My tummy always growls when I browse your page, THATS for damn sure.

  • Brittany August 2, 2008 at 12:37 am

    PS- I’m glad to hear you don’t have a brain tumor.
    Looking at that picture before reading the post gave me a worry!

  • cindy August 2, 2008 at 1:57 am

    that’s so cool! really, really awesome.

  • Y August 2, 2008 at 2:41 am

    How cool! I’d be interested to know which pictures they want to use!

  • matt wright August 2, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Brittany – I am rather glad I don’t have one either! and thanks for the kind comments!

    Y – They mentioned that they wanted to use this one for certain:

    Apparently they wanted something that was very clear and easy to visually read. If you ask me though, you cannot beat scallops or pork belly!

  • _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver August 2, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Oooh, that is too ‘kEwL’!!! =D

    Although, I wonder what they want to know/find out…

  • Rasa Malaysia August 3, 2008 at 12:32 am

    I got a similar request not too long ago. A med student is doing a paper on cancer and wanted to use my banana leaf-wrapped grilled fish picture. She later sent me the paper, it was eye-opening to read.

  • Dana August 4, 2008 at 1:58 am

    Wow – as a science teacher – that would be a pretty cool experiment to be a part of! Your food does always look mouth-watering!

  • Heather August 4, 2008 at 3:50 am

    That is so cool! I know I’m a little biased, but science definitely rocks. 🙂

    I’m with you on scallops and pork belly, but I guess either of those would conflict with those observing a kosher diet. 😛 I’m surprised they chose the photo they did – I don’t know how many laypeople would recognize fiddleheads as food.

  • matt wright August 4, 2008 at 4:08 am

    When I hear back about the results of the tests (might be some time from now 🙁 ) I will share what I can!

    Heather: I totally agree about the fiddleheads. I cooked that for a small family gathering.. and I got comments like “what the hell are those?” and “I’m not eating that!”. I am always a little critical of my work, but that dish just looked a bit messy to me, but hey.

  • Y August 4, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Love those fiddleheads, Matt. Can’t seem to find them here which is a shame. I kind of miss the sauteed ferns I used to eat as a kid.

  • White On Rice Couple August 6, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Hey, that’s a huge compliment. If they pay you, even better! That would look great on the resume!

  • MariannaF August 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    hehe that is excellent! very cool! hope you can share the results, would be very interesting to see!

  • Maggie August 12, 2008 at 10:25 am

    How fun to be part of a project like that and get to see the results! It’s too bad you can’t send them the finished dishes as well and see the responses with the photograph and then with the real item.