The Power of Scent

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

Recent posts on Scent

Music Enhances Beer's Flavor

Listening to music we love can make whatever we're drinking taste much more delicious.

Which Way Will Prince’s Death Lead Us in the Opioid Fight?

Common sense and compassion in dealing with addiction can be hard to find, but the defeat of punitive fentanyl legislation offers hope.

Men's Self-Esteem Boosted by Female Pheromone

Are men flummoxed by the scent of a sexy woman? Scientists at Rutgers University made men sniff female pheromones to find out.

"Stone's Blood:" The Sweet Smell of Summer Rain

Is semantic ignorance olfactory bliss? Familiar smells can evoke powerful memories, but they pack a particularly powerful punch when we don't know where they're coming from.

There Are 5 Better Ways to Eat, and You Can Start Today

Start incorporating mindful eating into your life by engaging each of your five senses in a unique way.

The Neuroscience of How We Intentionally Forget Experiences

Researchers at Dartmouth College have pinpointed how we remember, and forget, both good and bad memories.

Six Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Sleep

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on April 28, 2016 in Urban Survival
What essential oils are best for R&R? Find out the top 6 relaxing essential oils for aromatherpy.

It's What Online Dating Can't Tell You

By Martin Graff Ph.D. on April 06, 2016 in Love, Digitally
You can learn a lot from a person's odour.

Have You Read Your Body Lately?

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 26, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
It's spring. When the seasons hum, we resonate. It’s how we’re built. But much of the information is deeply embedded in culture and beyond everyday awareness. Let's tune in.

Lois DeVries on the Transformational Power of Gardening

The future of mental health interview series continues with Lois DeVries on the transformational power of gardening.

Eproctophilia Explained

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on February 17, 2016 in In Excess
Olfactophilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from odours such as eproctophilia (sexual arousal from flatulence). But what is known about this behavior?

The Mysterious Connection Between Smell and Our Past

Have you ever caught a whiff of something that transported you back in time, but you could never figure out what point in time it transported you to? There’s a reason for that.

Music, Smell, and Holiday Shopping

By Kimberly Sena Moore Ph.D. on December 23, 2015 in Your Musical Self
Does it feel like you hear holiday music too early in stores? Research helps explain why.
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Calling Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, YouTube

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on November 23, 2015 in Just Listen
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

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on November 12, 2015 in Attraction, Evolved
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, Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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 in 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.

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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.