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.
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  • 4 min.
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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
Scientists look to insects for clues about how sensory information is processed in the brain.
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How can a fruit fly teach us about our senses? Watch this video and see how scientists use fruit flies to learn more about our sense of smell.
  • Beckman Institute
Students are introduced to brain structure, neurotransmitters, hormones, and neural networks in this nine part lesson.
  • Baylor College of Medicine
The brain receives information about the outside world via the senses. But how much of this information do we actually notice?
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How does the brain track smells? Scientists use the olfactory system in insects to study how the brain responds to and processes different odors.

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