Let's Smell: Senior Thesis
I am interested in how our senses impact our emotions and memories. There is no doubt that olfaction, our sense of smell, is more intensely and intimately linked to our moods and emotional life than any other sensory experiences. Our sense of smell and emotion are located in the same limbic system of the brain, which further explains why it is so difficult to articulate emotional experiences as well as smells. After reading The Scent of Desire by Dr. Rachel Herz, I realized that smell is in fact so personal that I did not want to test people’s olfactory memory ability, but rather how olfaction affects one’s memories, emotions, mood, and overall well-being. I hope this project encourages conversation about olfaction and how important and intertwined it is in our daily lives.