Good read…

Ever since my interview with David Hart, where he referenced his use of fragrances as a technique to improve his studying in school, I’ve been quite intrigued. It’s not so much that I didn’t know of this relationship before, but you become used to reading this sort of thing in an academic setting. But here it is, right here with and ordinary individual I met on the street. That solidified for me the unique relationship we each hold with our noses. For years I’ve been told mine is extra sensitive…that usually came when I asked others if they could smell this or that and their response is usually no. I never thought anything of it until now.

I came across this article today in the New York Times Science section and I just had to post it. Not only did it explain our emotional connection to scent but it also laid out perfectly as an addendum to David’s interview. To boot, the article sites what I like to call a fragrant moment. It said, “Importantly, the olfactory cortex is embedded within the brain’s limbic system and amygdala, where emotions are born and emotional memories stored. That’s why smells, feelings and memories become so easily and intimately entangled, and why the simple act of washing dishes recently made Dr. Herz’s cousin break down and cry. “The smell of the dish soap reminded her of her grandmother,” said Dr. Herz, author of “The Scent of Desire.” Dr. Herz is a well-respected expert on the psychology of smell.

It’s all coming together now. Check the article out for yourself, The Nose, an Emotional Time Machine


2 responses to “Good read…

  1. I had a fragrant moment the other day when my significant other was out of town. We’ve been together six years and since we had the boys we havent been apart so here I am laying in bed and I start to sniff the pillow on his side of the bed and I’m thinking what the am I doing, but his scent on the pillow made me think of the two of us playing around before he left and I know this sounds stupid but I did get a little emotional, because I really missed him and being alone SUCKS!!!!!

  2. Jerry L. Farmer

    A few weeks ago I smelled a scent my grandfather was known to wear before he passed, and I swore he was right next to me. The relationship between scents & memories passed can be spiritual (it took me a minute to gather myself, because I looked for him briefly). I developed a bond to all that made him. In contrast though, while I have him in my olfactory rolodex, I cannot for the life of me remember what any of my ex-girlfriends smelled like! What’s THAT all about!?!

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