Smell And Odor And Emotion

2874 WordsDec 4, 201412 Pages
INTRODUCTION Often, one of the most overlooked of the five senses is the ability to smell. Living things use it every day- from figuring out what the best scent is to eat the most delicious food to figuring out what perfume makes us the happiest (and potentially, the most attractive to others). However, smell is more than just the stench someone gives off. In fact, odor can trigger a variety of emotions. To begin the discussion on the relationship between odor and emotion, one must define what an odor is. More than just a sense, smell consists of molecules that recognized by olfactory receptors and must have a specific concentration (Yantis, 2014). With much research, a relationship between memory and odor has existed and has led to broader findings about odor and other components. According to a 2009 study, a relationship between odor and mood exists (Croy et al., 2011). However, research done regarding odor and emotion is a fairly recent interest and has gained more attention over the last few years. According to the American Psychological Association, an emotion is a “complex pattern of changes, including physiological arousal, feelings, cognitive processes, and behavioral reactions, made in response to a situation perceived to be personally significant” (APA, n.d.). BACKGROUND: MEMORY COMPONENT A key piece of the odor emotion relationship comes from the ability to remember odors over time. Odor and memory have been studied at great extent and tends to overshadow the
Open Document