Brain Byte


  • Published30 Oct 2020
  • Author Calli McMurray
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

Specialized cells in the nose convert chemicals in the air into the experience of smell.

Brain Bytes showcase essential facts about neuroscience.

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Design by Adrienne Tong.

Image "Olfactory bulb" by Matt Valley / Public domain



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Pinto, J. M. (2011). Olfaction. Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society, 8(1), 46–52.

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