Anne-Sylvie Crisinel – Crossmodal Correspondences between Olfactory Stimuli and Musical Notes

Event Date: 1 June 2012
Senate House
University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

The Institute of Philosophy presents

Scent and Sensibility: The Neuroscience of Fragrance

 

The importance of olfaction to the understanding of emotional processes still needs to reach out to other areas of research. The aim of the conference is to make the state of the art research in neuroscience and psychology concerning the emotional and communicative impact of natural and manufactured fragrances available to both researchers and practitioners.

The conference will be followed by a special event on new olfactory designs and the most innovative use of fragrance.

Anne-Sylvie Crisinel (Crossmodal Lab, Oxford) – Crossmodal Correspondences between Olfactory Stimuli and Musical Notes

The first part of the talk consisted of an experiment, in which the participants (the audience here in this case) were asked to smell five different smells and match them to a choice of three different pieces of music.

Anne-Sylvie Crisinel is a graduate researcher at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory in Oxford. There, she studies intriguing crossmodal associations which exist between apparently disconnected sensory modalities, especially associations between pitch, smells and tastes: Odours of fruits, which tastes both sweet and sour, are reliably associated with high pitch. What does this mean for our perception and evaluation of odours? Can we pick the music that matches our favourite fragrance – and how? Anne-Sylvie’s research opens new ways of considering olfactory experiences in conjunction with other environmental cues.

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