For the Classroom

How Do We Smell?

  • Published28 Jul 2014
  • Reviewed28 Jul 2014
  • Source TED

Educator resources are meant to give access to information and teaching tools about the nervous system and related health issues. Resources target primary and secondary school levels.

Your sense of smell can tell you what to eat, what perfume to buy, and when you need to wash your clothes. In fact, an adult human can distinguish up to 10,000 odors! In this TED-ed video, Rose Eveleth explains how all of these smells reach your brain.

Access How Do We Smell? at TED-Ed.