Smell and Emotions - Nose and Brain - Sense of Smell
Your smell circuits are hotwired to those that process emotion, memory and motivation. Is that why you’re feeling so edgy, chatty, touched or sated right now?
By Jena Pincott
Original Content | May 09, 2013
It May Geek You Out
In an experiment led by Denise Chen at Rice University, female volunteers scored higher on a word-association test after smelling sweat from the armpits of horror-movie watchers (compared to neutral or no sweat). Through learned association, inhaling "fear" or "stress" sweat may make us more alert and vigilant—which translates into a cognitive boost.
Printed from Oprah.com on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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