A Media Critique Dealing With Olfactory Senses

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A Media Critique Dealing With Olfactory Senses in Autistic Children In July 2015, Carina Storrs of CNN reported on a research study that suggested that children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might not just have social and mental deficiencies, but they may also have olfactory deficiencies as well. The experiment was performed at the Weizmann institute of Science in Israel, and involved observing how long a child took to smell an object. For pleasant-smelling objects, such as flowers or shampoo, normal children took a longer smell, while unsavory smelling objects, such as rotten food, took shorter smells. However ASD children showed no variation in breathing in different aromas, indicating that they could not noticeably distinguish between the different smells. The article quoted Liron Rozenkrantz, a doctoral student at the Weizmann Institute of Science and the lead author of the research study. Rozenkrantz makes the claim that, as an olfactory test is nonverbal, it could be useful in early diagnosis of ASD in newborns (Storrs 2015). Paul Wang, the senior vice president and head of medical research for the ASD advocacy organization Autism Speaks was also quoted, and expressed an interest in further research before pushing for olfactory symptoms as part of the diagnosis of ASD (Storrs 2015). Liron Rozenkrantz led the referred research study, entitled “A Mechanistic Link between Olfaction and Autism Spectrum Disorder,” which was published in

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