Tip #64: Olfactory Engagement: Smell

On April 10, 2005, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #64: Olfactory Engagement: Smell

The aroma of coffee. The scent of perfume or cologne. Stale stuffy air in a room without proper ventilation. The caustic chemical stink of cleaning solvents.
The whiff of cigarette smoke. The flavorful fragrance of cooking. The sharp stench of garbage.

Although an extreme odor will quickly get our attention, we are usually not very conscious of the impact that the sense of smell has on learning and retention.

My web research into this topic reaped a wide range of interesting information:

In an article in a recent U.S. News & World Report (February 28, 2005 ), Dolores Malaspina, M.D., M.S.P.H., of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, explains that the olfactory sense is the only one of our five … Read the rest