The Power of Scent

A favorable scent goes a long way. Want to boost your mood or stir up old memories? Just use your nose. And, most important, scent can even drive one to romantic distraction. Think of your partner's pajamas. Indeed, the nose can suss out something as complex as sexual compatibility.

Recent Posts on Scent

Calling Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, YouTube

If extremists can use technology and the Internet to spread fear and terror, perhaps tech and Internet companies can pull people together to create an "iron dome" solidarity to counter those.

Eating Garlic Makes Men Smell More Attractive

New research from psychologists in Scotland and the Czech Republic has revealed that eating this sulfurous bulb could improve your body odor.

Pregnancy Brain: The Expectant Mom's Guide

By Jordan Gaines Lewis on November 10, 2015 Brain Babble
Does “pregnancy brain” actually exist? There’s no doubt that many changes are happening to a woman’s body during pregnancy, but how do these changes affect (or originate in) the brain?

Her Nose Knows

By Maureen Seaberg on November 03, 2015 Sensorium
Scientists are beginning to study supersmellers like talented artist Carrie Barcomb.

6 Ways to (Tactfully) Bring Up Personal Hygiene Issues

By Kerry Patterson on October 12, 2015 Crucial Conversations
Set the tone in helping an awkward discussion go quickly and smoothly.

Do Social Odors Build Cities?

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Sensoria
Is your smell communicating everything about you, from your state of mind to the foods and drugs you take? Learn how the invisible sense of smell influences every aspects of your daily life.

Dear Men: Wake Up and Smell the Inequality

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Give and Take
Men see no bias, hear no bias, speak no bias

You Smell. And That's a Good Thing.

By David Ludden Ph.D. on September 23, 2015 Talking Apes
American culture has long been obsessed with body odor—and removing any trace of it. But body odor is an important component of our social interactions and can even trump the information received from vision or hearing.

Open the Windows!

Fresh from Nature air is good for body and mind.

Scents and Sensibilities

It may be time for new exhaust fans where you live and work.

How Does Scent Drive Human Behavior?

Researchers have identified how specific scents can motivate your decision making.

Rachel Sussman

By Gayil Nalls Ph.D. on June 18, 2015 Sensoria
Imagine you found out that the scrawny little plant inhabiting your back yard, the one whose value you’ve questioned so much that you’re always tempted to mow it over, was a continuously living organism millions of years old—a real relic of deep time!

Can Watching a Film Character Sniff Make You Sniff?

Can watching a film character take a sniff elicit sniffing behavior in the audience? And if so, how might we explain this response?

FIFA Fo Fum I Smell the Blood of Corruption

What’s most shocking about the FIFA corruption scandal is that it has been going on for so long with so many people aware of it and yet the majority turning a blind eye to it.

5 Ways to Make Peace with Your Partner's Pet

You might love the new man or woman in your life but what do you do when you can't stand their pet?

Returning to an Unchanged Place Reveals How You Have Changed

Returning to a place from your past that remains unchanged can reveal how you've evolved and give you clues as to where you should go with your life from here.

Ivan Denisovich vs Ants

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn admitted that Russians were occasionally like insects. But he didn't like it.

It Is Good to Smell You Again, My Friend

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on April 14, 2015 Am I Right?
What sniffing dogs have to teach us about friendship.

The Death of Asylumdom

The fate of the mental hospital in the modern world.

The Four Types of Attraction

By Jen Kim on April 07, 2015 Valley Girl With a Brain
You know the story: Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy and girl have their happily ever after—well at least those relationships that don't end in divorce do. Every part makes sense except for boy falls in love with girl. Why her? Why not another girl? The answer is simple: Attraction. Naturally my next question is: What makes someone attractive?

Worms Sniff Out Cancer in Urine Better than Blood Tests

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 03, 2015 Animal Emotions
Researchers using what they call a Nematode Scent Detection Test (NSDT) discovered that its sensitivity was 95.8% and "this is markedly higher than that of other existing tumour markers." Who would have thought a roundworm could be such a reliable cancer detector? I think the discovery of this new test should be made widely known.

Checking With Your Body First for Answers

By Steve Sisgold on April 03, 2015 Life in a Body
Free will is the ability we have as humans to make choices

Can We Reverse Cognitive Decline?

By Katherine Bouton on March 30, 2015 What I Hear
Good brain health is the bottom line. Now we just have to figure out how to preserve that health in those with hearing loss.

Can You Stop Thinking?

Why do our minds chatter away so much? Why involuntary mental chatter is bad for us, and how can we quieten it.

Has Personal Technology Killed the Magic of Travel?

Travel used to take us out of the comfort and routine of our habits, put our sense of self in flux, and liberate us from our idea of who we are. Travel held the capacity to make us feel and experience ourselves differently.

BattleKasting a Path to Literacy

How do you motivate kids to want to read a book? Extend a storyworld into other platforms, such as the mobile game BattleKasters to create multiple entry points into the story. Alane Adams set out targeting reading literacy, but she has created a training ground for essential 21st century literacies integrating reading, gaming and constructing transmedia narratives.

Easing Flying Fears after the Germanwings Crash

Don't let the crash in the Alps make your flying phobia resurface.

It’s Complicated: Ten Years After

By Guest Bloggers on March 27, 2015 The Guest Room
Grief is a fickle and complicated lifelong journey that can assault its victims with debilitating symptoms at any time after its origin. Understanding that grief knows no time limit can ease the path toward acceptance.

Are You a Promiscuous Shopper?

I’ve been known to unashamedly grab something off a shelf if I knew it would make me happy for a few months, a few weeks, even—dare I admit it—a few days. That’s the kind of loose shopper I am.

Meeting Your Conditions for Sex

Not having your conditions for good sex met is a frequent cause of failed erections and no orgasms.