Olfactory awareness is positively associated to odour memory
2011 (English)In: Journal of Cognitive Psychology, ISSN 2044-5911, E-ISSN 2044-592X, Vol. 23, no 2, 220-226 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We investigated the relationship between olfactory awareness and olfactory proficiency as determined by a set of standardised olfactory tasks. Olfactory awareness was indexed by scores in questionnaires focusing on odour interest, imagery ability, and prevalence of olfactory dreams. Nineteen subjects with high and 20 subjects with low odour awareness were presented with a set of standardised olfactory tasks: odour threshold, episodic odour recognition, and odour identification. The results showed that individuals with high odour awareness excelled in odour memory and identified more odours as compared with the low awareness group. Interestingly, odour naming ability exerted no influence on odour memory. Furthermore, high odour awareness was not related to a more sensitive olfactory sensory system as determined by olfactory threshold measurements.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 23, no 2, 220-226 p.
dreams, imagery, odour awareness, odour memory
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-68656DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2011.483226ISI: 000288940500004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-68656DiVA: diva2:473647
authorCount :32012-01-062012-01-042016-06-22Bibliographically approved