Smelly wheels: In search of alternatives

Visual representations of smell are one of the core themes of our presence on Instagram: Wheel, circle, and pie have recently appeared as recurring and influential visual metaphors. The fragrance wheel created by Michael Edwards is perhaps the most prominent example these days. But the history of visualizations demonstrates that...

What the nose knows…

This Fall, many of you may be teaching a course on sensation and perception or lecturing on scent culture. Why not put What the Nose Knows: The Science of Scent in Everyday Life on your reading list (as we did!)? It’s an entertaining way to introduce students to classical topics...

Cross-cultural research makes a difference

Since ancient times there  has been the common belief that the experience of a smell is impossible to put into words. The New Yorker presents an overview of more recent cross-cultural research challenging this belief: Culture, not biology, rules the relation between smell and language

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