Smell

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Brain Awareness Video Contest Honorable Mention.
What is it about smell that evokes such powerful memories? Find out in this video which earned an honorable mention in the 2016 Brain Awareness Video Contest.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 4 min.
One minor chemical change can turn the sweet smell of a rose sour.
  • American Chemical Society
A good night's sleep can strengthen memories and promote creative thinking.
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Scientists studying olfaction have learned how our sense of smell works and discovered that it might be more sophisticated than previously thought.
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Odor information travels through the amygdala, where it helps to influence such behaviors as reproduction and defense.
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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.
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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.
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  • 4 min
Sensory information like scents can alter the brain in early development.
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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.
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  • 5 min

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