Processing of Olfactory Stimuli at Peripheral Levels

  • Maxwell M. Mozell


Based upon his electrophysiological work during the early 1950’s, Adrian (1950, 1951, 1953, 1954) has left a legacy concerning the mechanisms which might underlie olfactory discrimination at the level of the olfactory mucosa. One such mechanism involves the selective sensitivity of individual receptor cells to particular odorants or groups of odorants. Any given cell would not be equally sensitive to all odorants, but would instead be maximally excited by some odorants and excited less, or not at all, by others. Thus, each receptor cell would signal the degree to which its particular sensitivity is matched by the molecules of incoming odorants.


Relative Retention Time Olfactory Stimulus Olfactory Mucosa Peripheral Level Odorant Molecule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maxwell M. Mozell
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  1. 1.Physiology DepartmentState University of New York Upstate Medical CenterSyracuseUSA

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