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.
Professor Thomas Hummel (Taste & Smell Clinic, Dresden) – Physiology and Pathophysiology of Olfaction
Thomas Hummel is professor at the Taste & Smell Clinic, University of Dresden, and a world-leading specialist in disorders of taste and smell. He has published more than 300 scientific papers in international journals on the physiology and pathophysiology of the chemical senses, especially on diagnostics and treatment of olfactory loss and olfaction in neurodegenerative disorders. His work is largely responsible for the better understanding we have of anosmia, and its connection for instance with Parkinson’s disease, aging or viral infections. He has also unveiled effects of smells on dreaming content, or the changes in odor pleasantness in relation to the time of the year, showing for instance that cinnamon odor is more familiar and pleasant during Christmas season than summertime.
He has recently co-authored the book Taste and Smell. An Update (2006).