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Effects of Odors on Mood and Behavior: Aromatherapy and Related Effects

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The Human Sense of Smell

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It goes without saying that any sense modality provides information to an organism so that environmental events may be perceived and acted upon. The sense of smell is no exception, and smells can influence behavior in many ways, some quite obvious. We smell burning food and change the setting on the oven. We smell mercaptans and call the gas company about a leak. A trained dairy judge smells methional, decides that a milk sample has been oxidized by light, concludes that the consumer will find this objectionable, and deducts an appropriate number of points from the grade. These are common examples of how humans use their noses as sources of useful information. Recently, the idea that odors can cause changes in emotional states or moods, and that such changes have physiological correlates, has been discussed in the literature on olfaction and perfumery.

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Lawless, H. (1991). Effects of Odors on Mood and Behavior: Aromatherapy and Related Effects. 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_17

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