The Perception of Odors

The Perception of Odors

1st Edition - April 28, 1982

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  • Author: Trygg Engen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323159999

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The Perception of Odors presents concisely and clearly some of the important aspects in the study of olfaction such as perception, human pheromones, and odor pollution. The book consists of 11 detailed chapters. Chapters 1 and 2 serve as the introduction as it outlines the basic principles, historical development, and the anatomy and physiology of olfaction. A chapter on ""Psychophysics"" is included wherein it covers the history of the measurement of odors and developments in the psychophysics of smell. The following chapters deal mostly with areas of research such as odor masking, deodorization, adaptation, odor mixture, and memory. Chapter 9 tackles the relationship of smell, particularly the perception of odor, to other senses. The last two chapters discuss the possible future areas of research and problems in odor perception. This book is a valuable reference to students and researchers studying sensation and perception.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    1 Introduction

    Odor Acuity

    What Is the Odor Stimulus?

    Odor Classification

    Odor Mixture

    Odor Coding


    Odor Memory

    Organization of This Book

    2 Gross Anatomy And Physiology

    The Nasal Passages

    The Epithelium

    The Olfactory Receptors

    The Olfactory Bulb

    The Olfactory Brain


    3 Psychophysics


    Odor-Control Technology

    Odor Classification

    Absolute Threshold and Detection

    Difference Threshold and Resolving Power

    Suprathreshold Odors: Psychophysical Scaling

    Odor-Information Transmission

    4 Adaptation

    Definition of the Problem



    5 Anosmia


    The Classification of Disorders of Odor Perception



    Effects of Anosmia

    6 Memory

    Identification of Odors

    Odor Experts

    The Influence of Verbal Labels on Odor Memory

    Odor Memory without Verbal Labels

    Factors That Influence Odor Memory


    Is There Odor Recall?

    7 Odor Mixtures

    Perceived Intensity of Odor Mixtures

    Perceived Quality of Odor Mixtures

    The Nature of Masking

    Psychophysical Theory

    Is the Sense of Smell Analytic?

    8 Odor Hedonics

    Problems in Hedonic Measurement

    Origin of Odor Preferences

    Are There Universally Pleasant and Unpleasant Odors?

    Do Odors Affect Health?

    The Pleasantness of Odor and Bodily State

    Is There a Human Pheromone?

    9 Interactions Of Odor And Other Perceptions

    Odor and Taste

    Odor and Irritation

    Odor and Light and Sound

    The Unity of the Senses

    10 Practical Problems And Potentials Of Odor Perception

    Odor Illusions

    False Alarms

    Perceptual Constancy

    Applications of Odor Research

    11 Epilogue

    Incidental Associations

    Odor Memory

    Habituation and Arousal

    The Coding of Odor Perception


    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 216
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1982
  • Published: April 28, 1982
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323159999

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