A SENSE FOR SCENTS 

Educational Kit

 

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Dear Teachers and Professionals,

The power of scent is a remarkable thing. In 1991, Drs. Richard Axel and Linda Buck published their research on the genetics of the olfactory system, for which they ended up receiving a Nobel Prize in 2004. With their discovery of the largest gene family in humans (humans have approximately 400 olfactory genes and receptors, compared to 4 only for your eyes), they provided scientists with a key understanding of how smells are processed to impact our emotions and our ways of learning.

We often associate scents with pleasure, like the aroma of a forest, a cookie or a  favorite perfume. But scents are more than just enjoyable; they can alert us to danger, whet our appetite, bring us comfort and help us learn and be healthy. What and how people”smell influences their perception of the world around them: appreciating other people, decors, animals, flora and landscapes. The sense of smell is actually an integral component of the central nervous system.

This kit will help your students understand how the sense of smell works: awaken  memories, images and other sensations, to learn vocabulary and various subjects under a new light, to remember better, to be more patient or assiduous or simply to share their culture via scent. It will help you generate ideas, inspiration or bring a new kind of excitement to the classroom or in your practice. We hope you and your students enjoy learning about the magic of olfaction.

Christophe Laudamiel, President
Academy of Perfumery & Aromatics