Mar 17, 2021
Many people around the world have lost their sense of smell this past year due to COVID-19. Before the pandemic, scientists had already begun to gain a deeper understanding of how sophisticated our sense of smell is and how it is intertwined with our mental and physical health. Now, the pandemic is giving that research new urgency. Pamela Dalton, PhD, of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, discusses what we know about how our sense of smell works, the connections between smell, emotions and memory, how a rapid smell test could improve COVID-19 screening, how she developed the “world’s worst smell,” and more.
Are you enjoying Speaking of Psychology? We’d love to know
what you think of the podcast, what you would change about it, and
what you’d like to hear more of. Please take our listener survey at
Pamela Dalton, PhD
Monell Chemical Senses Center