Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

One of the five classical senses (1), mediated by olfactory receptors in the nose. The olfactory bulb receives impulses from the olfactory receptors and transmits them via the olfactory nerves directly to the olfactory cortex and the amygdala, this sensory pathway being unique in bypassing the thalamus entirely. Perhaps for that reason, smell is more effective than any other sense in reawakening memories from the distant past, especially the emotions associated with past experiences, although the literary passage most often cited in support of this phenomenon, quoted under redintegration, clearly refers to taste rather than smell. See olfaction.

Subjects: Psychology.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.