Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 300–313

Odor memory: Review and analysis


DOI: 10.3758/BF03210754

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Herz, R.S. & Engen, T. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review (1996) 3: 300. doi:10.3758/BF03210754


We critically review the cognitive literature on olfactory memory and identify the similarities and differences between odor memory and visual-verbal memory. We then analyze this literature using criteria from a multiple memory systems approach to determine whether olfactory memory can be considered to be a separate memory system. We conclude that olfactory memory has a variety of important distinguishing characteristics, but that more data are needed to confer this distinction. We suggest methods for the study of olfactory memory that should make a resolution on the separate memory system hypothesis possible while simultaneously advancing a synthetic understanding of olfaction and cognition.

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© Psychonomic Society, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Monell Chemical Senses CenterPhiladelphia
  2. 2.Brown UniversityProvidence

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