Repercussions of Unpleasant Odors (06-17-20)

Li, Jia, and Wang wanted to better understand how smelling odors we feel are unpleasant influences what goes on in our minds. They report that their “study combined event-related potentials (ERPs) with a facial emotion recognition task to investigate the effect of food odor context on the recognition of facial expressions. . . . unpleasant food odors triggered faster recognition of facial expressions, especially fearful ones.”

Danyang Li, Jiafeng Jia, and Xiaochun Wang.  “Unpleasant Food Odors Modulate the Processing of Facial Expressions:  An Event-Related Potential Study.”  Frontiers in Neuroscience, in press, doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00686