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Remembering Smells

This morning we were talking about whether we remember pain - the literature says that we remember an injury that caused pain so we can learn to avoid future risky behavior. But recalling that a bee stung us, for example, doesn't cause us to re-experience the pain, we simply avoid bees that might sting us.

I found this in a Daily Mirror article:

"Smell is the most sensitive of the senses. People can remember smells with 65% accuracy after a year, while visual recall is about 50% after three months.

Research has shown that smell is the sense most linked to our emotional recollection. So, when linked to a product, that can reap dividends.

Studies show that 75% of emotions are triggered by smell which is linked to pleasure, well-being, emotion and memory – handy when you want people to buy your products.

One of the most evocative smells from childhood is crayons.

A survey found that 85% of all people remembered their childhood when they caught the smell of Crayola crayons and the newer crayon-scented coloured pens."

Mr. Troutbend says he can remember some strongly-scented flowers along a sidewalk in New Jersey where he rode his tricycle when he was 3 years old, one of his first memories.

posted on Jan 28, 2018 10:07 AM ()


My comment was deleted. I wonder if it has to do with the picture thing not being permanent. I feel discriminated against since a simple naming of an activity was deleted.
comment by elderjane on Jan 29, 2018 6:58 AM ()
Did you get some kind of notice that it was deleted, or was it all of a sudden just not there? I didn't receive an email notification of an earlier comment. A lot of the blog/forum softwares allow the admin to pre-set which words within comments will be replaced with ####, so nobody is looking at the context, the software is doing it on a word-by-word basis.
reply by troutbend on Jan 29, 2018 9:09 AM ()
To me sound is " is the sense most linked to MY emotional recollection."
comment by greatmartin on Jan 28, 2018 3:21 PM ()
I can remember experiencing a 'sound' recall moment - it was after my dad died in an airplane crash. I heard a power saw in the workshop, and instantly thought it was him - that exact sound from my childhood.
reply by troutbend on Jan 28, 2018 4:22 PM ()
Age 3 is pretty darn good. An older woman I knew years ago had excellent recall of her past, back to age 3 and maybe even age 2. I thought it was had everything to do with the fact that she was so happy in her childhood.
It sounds like they found that smells linked to fear or other negative emotions are less reliable to bring up memory, than positive ones are? If so that would be a really good thing.
comment by drmaus on Jan 28, 2018 11:27 AM ()
I agree on the smells that might be associated with bad memories.

I was really surprised that Mr. YouKnow has this memory - he used up three days' worth of his self-imposed conversation quota talking about it. (kidding) Now I wonder what other fascinating details I could draw out of him if I asked the right questions.
reply by troutbend on Jan 28, 2018 4:26 PM ()

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