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The Science of Smell

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Kiddo went on a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History with her class last Spring, and they went to Our Global Kitchen exhibit and did some cool experiments with the scientists there. One of them was they were given two jelly beans. They were instructed to eat one, which they did (with lots of yums from the group). Then they were instructed to eat the second one while holding their noses. Not as many yums this time, as they all said the jelly beans didn't really taste like anything.

Those kids just learned how powerful the sense of smell can be. It's one we may not key into as sososo important as it really truly is --  how it impacts not just our tastebuds, but also our choice in mates. Smell is huge, folks. Studies have shown women set off certain odors when they are ovulating, and docs know those pheromones we all exude attract or repel possible love hookups.

Not only that, they've now connected smell to memory, that the olfactory bulb is tied to the limbic system, which controls recognition and memory and emotion. In other words, you know how whenever you smell Irish Spring soap, you think of your dad, or when you smell pine trees, you feel that feeling of Christmas morning? Yup, there is science to back up that occurrence, there is a whole memory-nose connection.

So...it makes sense when we smell that "husband smell" (good or bad), we get filled with good feelings, we feel more attracted to him, more connected.

What does your husband smell like? Do you have a favorite item/scent that always reminds you of someone?

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by on Jul. 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by Silver Member on Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

hazelnut .. everyone in my family likes it

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