The psychology and biology of fragrance

  • Editors
  • Steve Van Toller
  • George H. Dodd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The biological underpinnings of scents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. G. H. Dodd
      Pages 19-46
    3. D. B. Gower, A. Nixon, A. I. Mallet
      Pages 47-76
  3. Developmental and social aspects of fragrance

  4. Odour perception and the language of the brain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. S. Torii, H. Fukuda, H. Kanemoto, R. Miyanchi, Y. Hamauzu, M. Kawasaki
      Pages 107-120
    3. S. Van Toller
      Pages 121-143
  5. Fragrance therapies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. J. R. King
      Pages 147-165
    3. R. Tisserand
      Pages 167-181
  6. The consumer and perfume

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. J. Mensing, C. Beck
      Pages 185-204
    3. J. Byrne-Quinn
      Pages 205-216
    4. S. Le Norcy
      Pages 217-226
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-268

About this book


THE SENSE OF SMELL The nose is normally mistakenly assumed to be the organ of smell reception. It is not. The primary function of the nose is to regulate the temperature and humidity of inspired air, thereby protecting the delicate linings of the lungs. This is achieved by the breathed air passing through narrow passageways formed by three nasal turbinates in each nostril. The turbinates are covered by spongy vascular cells which can expand or contract to open or close the nasal pathways. The olfactory receptors, innervated by the 1st cranial nerve, are located at the top of the nose. There are about 50 million smell receptors in the human olfactory epithelia, the total size of which, in humans, is about that of a small postage stamp, with half being at the top of the left and half at the top of the right nostril. The receptive surfaces of olfactory cells are ciliated and extend into a covering layer of mucus. There is a constant turnover of olfactory cells. Their average active life has been estimated to be about 28 days.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-40720-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2558-3
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