5Sensing the odour

DOI: 10.4324/9781003391975-7

Even more than touch, smell has had a low profile in studies of human communicating. It is not easy to pinpoint, capture, or study. There is also the general feeling that while olfaction may indeed play a part with insects and the like it is scarcely applicable to members of the sophisticated homo sapiens species. It is elusive and even where present tends to work below the level of conscious awareness. But the potential resources offered by olfaction and (overlapping) by taste, certainly deserve to be considered as researchers increasingly uncover the active role it plays in human communicating.

Smelling and tasting: Resources for human communicating?

Smell has consistently been rated low ...

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