Have you ever noticed how a certain scent evokes memories? For me, that’s my late grandmother’s perfume. She passed away in October, and her “signature scent” brings fond memories of my childhood, and makes me think of happier times when she was well.
Did you know that smell was the very first sense to evolve and can have the most direct impact on how we feel? Experts tell us scents can help energize us and transform our way of thinking. This effect can be immediate or spontaneous, affecting how we interact with the world around us.
With autumn fast approaching, fall-like weather just weeks away and pumpkin spice lattes hitting our favorite coffee shops across the country, you may be surprised to learn that fall scents such as your favorite fall inspired dessert, the smell of spicy cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon bring out feelings of exhilaration and temptation or perhaps create a longing for the upcoming autumn season.
Leading world expert on the psychology of smell and professor from Brown University and Boston College, Rachel Herz, Ph.D., understands the powerful impact our sense of smell has on our emotional state. Herz says, “Of all our five senses, our sense of smell is most strongly and directly linked to the part of the brain that processes emotions and memories. None of our other senses have that power, which is why it’s so important – it affects our day-to-day behavior and the way we interact with others.”
Rachel Herz, Ph.D., was kind enough to join me this week to dish on why the scent of autumn may change your outlook on life, the most common scents people are drawn to this time of year, why it’s important to update your fragrances as the seasons change and much more! Please be sure to watch the video below to see my interview with Rachel in its entirety. For more information and a full array of fragrances please visit: Glade.com.
Video: Watch Candace Rose interview Rachel Herz, Ph.D. on how the scent of autumn can change your outlook on life!
Rachel Herz, PhD & Author Bio
Rachel Herz, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist and leading world expert on the psychological science of smell. She has been conducting research on the sense of smell, emotion, perception, motivated behavior and cognition since 1990. Dr. Herz has published over 75 original research papers, received numerous awards and grants, co-authored several college textbooks, and is an adjunct professor at Brown University and Boston College. She is also a professional consultant to various industries regarding smell, taste, food and flavor, and is frequently called upon as an expert witness in legal cases involving olfaction. Dr. Herz is the author of two popular science books, The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell, which was selected as a finalist for the “2009 AAAS Prize for Excellence in Science Books,” and That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, which analyzes the emotion of disgust from culture to neuroscience, and has received numerous accolades from both popular and scholarly presses. Currently in the process of publication, Rachel Herz has a new book that explores how our senses and psychology govern our perception of food, and the experience and consequences of eating.
For more information see: www.rachelherz.com
Interview is courtesy: Glade® . Candace Rose was not compensated by the sponsor for this interview.