@ Jeanne: Aww, thanks, lova! I am definitely still cooking to this day and I keep everything I learned in mind when I do. Culinary taught me a lot (though I know there's still SO much more to learn!) and I think I love and appreciate food more because of it. It was one of the best learning experiences of my life so far ^.^ Also, you're awesome!!
And I have never heard of that before myself. The study sounds like it was conducted by really picky eaters IMO
but to answer your question, no, we did not get to choose the shape or colour of our plates. White, square plates (at least over here) are traditionally used for fine dining or a higher style of service. Also, the square edges and grooves allow for cooks and servers to hold and carry them in a way that won't tarnish or smudge the surface of the dish so there's almkst no need to wipe or clean again. Who wants to see a slimy finger print next to their meal after all?
Food safety is imperitive. It's just how it is, and personally I like the square-ness!! XD
I'm interested in this study, though. Got a link?
@ Bat: Haha, thanks! And I believe it 'looks' small because it was an appetizer
Also (again, at least over here) it is for health and convenience (but mostly health) of the public that we watch our portion sizes and be sure we don't overdo it. Less is sometimes more.