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

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 in 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?

By Siu-Lan Tan Ph.D. on June 11, 2015 in What Shapes Film?
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

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 17, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
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 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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?

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 30, 2015 in Out of the Darkness
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 in 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

By Isadora Alman MFT on March 24, 2015 in Sex & Sociability
Not having your conditions for good sex met is a frequent cause of failed erections and no orgasms.

Are You a Traumatized Woman?

When we peruse the landscape of our world half the women we see have experienced a life-altering traumatic event, perhaps a natural disaster like a tornado, or a human-made disaster such as a car accident. And 1 in 3 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. But this number is probably much higher because these are only reported cases.

What's Really, Really Important

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on March 23, 2015 in Ambigamy
Want a formula for figuring out what's truly important? We all do. Here's what we do since there isn't one.

Shopping While Autistic

By Lynne Soraya on March 23, 2015 in Asperger's Diary
Have you ever seen a child having a breakdown in the middle of a grocery store? What’s your reaction to that child? Do you judge, or do you wonder what they’re experiencing? Well, I can give you an idea of what they might be going through.

Are People Inequality Averse?

By Jesse Marczyk on March 23, 2015 in Pop Psych
There have been claims made that inequality—not losses—are a major motivator of human punishment. My research disagrees.

10 Ways Musical Training Boosts Brain Power

A wide range of new research shows that playing a musical instrument can boost brain function throughout a person's lifespan.

How Do You Behave With a Dying Loved One?

By Lucy O'Donnell on March 20, 2015 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Being given a "Do and Don't" list when visiting my dying friend may sound strange but was possibly one of the most helpful things to receive. It not only put my friend at ease, but also me. Visiting dying loved ones is traumatic and devastating, but knowing how to behave with that person makes it an easier experience for all.

The Electronic Sleep Diet

Here's some sensuous ways to fall asleep.

Ain't Much Left of Lovin' You

Prolonged exposure therapy requires you to gradually move closer to scenarios that resemble the event that haunts you. It can help you fall out of love!