The Olfactory Bulb

  • Gordon M. Shepherd
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


The olfactory bulb is the primary center for transmission of olfactory information to the vertebrate brain. Its functions are (1) to receive and process the information from the olfactory receptor neurons, (2) to send this information to different parts of the olfactory cortex in the forebrain, and (3) to provide for integration and modulation of the information by means of pathways from midbrain and forebrain centers.


Olfactory Bulb Olfactory Epithelium Olfactory Nerve Mitral Cell Olfactory Receptor Neuron 
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Further reading

  1. Halasz N, Shepherd GM (1983): Neurochemistry of the vertebrate olfactory bulb. Neuroscience 10:579–619CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Macrides F, Davis BJ (1983): The olfactory bulb. In: Chemical Neuroanatomy, Emson PC ed. New York: Raven PressGoogle Scholar
  3. Shepherd GM (1972): Synaptic organization of the mammalian olfactory bulb. Physiol Rev 52:864–917Google Scholar

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  • Gordon M. Shepherd

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