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One minor chemical change can turn the sweet smell of a rose sour.
  • American Chemical Society
Scientists studying olfaction have learned how our sense of smell works and discovered that it might be more sophisticated than previously thought.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Odor information travels through the amygdala, where it helps to influence such behaviors as reproduction and defense.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
What if the number 7 tasted like chocolate? What if Monday was purple? This is what life is like for someone with synesthesia. Learn more about this fascinating neurological trait with this video.
  • TED
  • 4 min
Did you know that an adult human can distinguish up to 10,000 different smells? Learn more about your amazing sense of smell in this video.
  • TED
This visage captures the parts of the nose and brain responsible for interpreting smell.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Have you ever wondered what life would be like without the sense of smell? Learn more about a rare condition called congenital anosmia and how the brain processes smell.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 4 min
Sensory information like scents can alter the brain in early development.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Although sensory systems share basic features of organization, each is uniquely designed to respond to a particular aspect of the world.
  • The Dana Foundation
Through complex systems that begin with cells that respond to physical stimuli and send signals through a maze of brain circuits, we can know — both consciously and otherwise — what goes on around us and within our bodies.
  • The Dana Foundation
Imagine hearing a bird chirp and seeing the color yellow. This is what life may be like for someone with synesthesia. Explore the unique experiences of a synesthete and learn more about this rare condition.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 5 min
Scientists look to insects for clues about how sensory information is processed in the brain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN