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Olfactory Adaptation

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Sensory adaptation is the reduction of sensitivity following stimulation, and is common to all senses. The phenomenon is more striking in some senses (vision and olfaction) than in others (hearing). Adaptation is thought to be an important functional mechanism preventing overflow in the central parts of the nervous system by neural activity resulting from stimuli that are either too strong or of long duration. Thus, it helps the organism to remain alert for new information.

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  • Test Stimulus
  • Adaptation Time
  • Mitral Cell
  • Odor Intensity
  • Complete Adaptation

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Köster, E.P., de Wijk, R.A. (1991). Olfactory Adaptation. In: Laing, D.G., Doty, R.L., Breipohl, W. (eds) The Human Sense of Smell. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-76223-9_10

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