Olfaction, Taste, and Cognition

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The human organs of perception are constantly bombarded with chemicals from the environment. Our bodies have in turn developed complex processing systems, which manifest themselves in our emotions, memory, and language. Yet the available data on the high order cognitive implications of taste and smell are scattered among journals in many fields, with no single source synthesizing the large body of knowledge, much of which has appeared in the last decade. This book presents the first multidisciplinary synthesis of the literature in olfactory and gustatory cognition. Leading experts have written chapters on many facets of taste and smell, including odor memory, cortical representations, psychophysics and functional imaging studies, genetic variation in taste, and the hedonistic dimensions of odors. The approach is integrative, combining perspectives from neuroscience, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics, and is appropriate for students and researchers in all of these areas who seek an authoritative reference on olfaction, taste, and cognition.
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'... an excellent treatise ... I would recommend this book to all chemosensory scientists, as well as to psychologists and physiologists ...' Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521020978
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword; Acknowledgements; A tribute to Edmond Roudnitska; 1. Olfaction and cognition: a philosophical and psychoanalytical view Annick Le Guérer; 2. Cognitive aspects of olfaction in perfumer practice André Holley; 3. The specific characteristics of the sense of smell Egon Peter Köster; 4. Names and categories for odors: the 'veridical label' Danièle Dubois; 5. Nose-wise: olfactory metaphors in mind David Howes; 6. Linguistic expressions of odors in French Sophie David; 7. Classification of odors and structure-odor relationships Maurice Chastrette; 8. The acquisition and activation of odor hedonics in everyday situations: conditioning and priming studies Dick Hermans and Frank Baeyens; 9. Is there a hedonic dimension of odors? Catherine Rouby and Moustafa Bensafi; 10. The influence of odors on mood and affective cognition Rachel S. Herz; 11. Assessing putative human pheromones Suma Jacob, Bethanne Zelano, Davinder J. S. Hayreh and Martha K. McClintock; 12. The neural correlates of emotion perception: from faces to taste Mary L. Phillips and Maike Heining; 13. Testing odor memory: incidental vs. intentional learning implicit vs. explicit memory Sylvie Issanchou, Dominique Valentin, Claire Sulmont, Joachim Degel and Egon Peter Köster; 14. Odor memory: a memory systems approach Maria Larsson; 15. Repetition priming in odor memory Mats J. Olsson, Maria Faxbrink and Fredrik U. Jönsson; 16. Odor memory in Alzheimer's disease Steven Nordin and Claire Murphy; 17. Development of odor naming and odor memory from childhood to young adulthood Johannes Lehrner and Peter Walla; 18. Odor coding at the periphery of the olfactory system Gilles Sicard; 19. On human brain activity within the first second after odor presentation Bettina M. Pause; 20. Processing of olfactory affective information: contribution of functional imaging studies Robert J. Zatorre; 21. Experience-induced changes reveal functional dissociation within olfactory pathways Nadine Ravel, Anne-Marie Mouly, Pascal Chabaud and Rémi Gervais; 22. Increased taste sensitivity by familiarization to 'novel' stimuli Annick Faurion, Barbara Cerf, Anne-Maria Pillias and Nathalie Boireau; 23. The cortical representation of taste and smell Edmund T. Rolls; 24. New psychophysical insights in evaluating genetic variation in taste Katharine Fast, Valerie B. Duffy and Linda M. Bartoshuk; 25. The individuality of odor perception Robyn Hudson and Hans DisTel; 26. Olfactory cognition at the start of life: the perinatal shaping of selective odor responsiveness Benoist Schaal, Robert Soussignan and Luc Marlier; 27. Age-related changes of chemosensory functions Thomas Hummel, S. Heilman and Claire Murphy; Index.

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