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The muted sense: neurocognitive limitations of olfactory language
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Sweden.
Number of Authors: 2
2015 (English)In: Trends in cognitive sciences, ISSN 1364-6613, E-ISSN 1879-307X, Vol. 19, no 6, 314-321 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Most people find it profoundly difficult to name familiar smells. This difficulty persists even when perceptual odor processing and visual object naming are unimpaired, implying deficient sensory-specific interactions with the language system. Here we synthesize recent behavioral and neuroimaging data to develop a biologically informed framework for olfactory lexical processing in the human brain. Our central premise is that the difficulty in naming common objects through olfactory (compared with visual) stimulation is the end result of cumulative effects occurring at three successive stages of the olfactory language pathway: object perception, lexical semantic integration, and verbalization. Understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms by which the language network interacts with olfaction can yield unique insights into the elusive nature of olfactory naming.

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2015. Vol. 19, no 6, 314-321 p.
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olfaction, language, perception
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Psychology Neurosciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119051DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2015.04.007ISI: 000356185200006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-119051DiVA: diva2:846582
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-07-27 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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