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The Human Sense of Smell


Often being vastly underrated the human sense of smell plays an essential role in our life, e.g. in food acceptance,
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The book provides a multidisciplinary up-to-date review of the structure and function ...
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Often being vastly underrated the human sense of smell plays an essential role in our life, e.g. in food acceptance,
fragrance appreciation, and as a warning device for spoiled food, toxic gases and the presence of fire.
The book provides a multidisciplinary up-to-date review of the structure and function of the sense of smell and of how it is influenced by the environment and diseases. It is divided into the following 5 sections:
- Anatomy, Physiology and Chemistry
- Measurement of OlfactoryResponses
- Development and Senescense
- Basic Characteristics of Human Olfaction
- Clinical and Health Aspects of Olfaction.
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A multidisciplinary survey of recent research into the human sense of smell, focusing on its structure and function, and how it is influenced by the environment and by diseases. The sections cover anatomy, physiology, and chemistry; the measurement of olfactory responses; development and senescence; basic characteristic; and clinical and health aspects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642762253
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 395

Table of Contents

1 Anatomy, Physiology and Chemistry.- 1. The Ultrastructure of the Human Olfactory Mucosa.- I Introduction.- II The biopsy technique.- III Ultrastructure of the human nasal mucosa.- IV Comparative anatomy of microvillar cells from different chemosensory neuroepithelia.- V The histopathology of olfactory dysfunction.- VI Summary.- References.- 2. Anatomy of the Human Olfactory Bulb and Central Olfactory Pathways.- I Introduction.- II Central olfactory components.- III Anterior olfactory nucleus.- IV Olfactory tubercle.- V Primary olfactory cortex.- VI Connections of the primary olfactory cortex.- VII Beyond the primary olfactory cortex.- VIII Neocortical projections.- IX Subcortical projections.- X Functional Organization of the olfactory system.- XI Summary.- References.- 3. Physiology of Olfactory Reception and Transduction: General Principles.- I Introduction.- II Cellular Organization of the olfactory mucosa.- III Sensory transduction.- IV Action potential initiation and transmission.- V Summary and conclusions: emerging first principles.- References.- 4. Molecular Structure and Smell.- I Introduction.- II Structure — odor relationships.- III Structure — odor relationships for musky odorants.- IV Structure — odor relationships for sandalwood odorants.- V Structure — odor relationships for bell pepper odorants.- VI Conclusion.- References.- 2 Measurement of Olfactory Responses.- 5. Psychophysical Measurement of Odor Perception in Humans.- I Introduction.- II Odor quality Classification.- III Measurement of absolute olfactory sensitivity.- IV Measurement of suprathreshold olfactory function.- V Sensory attribute scaling.- VI Subject factors which influence olfactory test measures…..- VII Overview.- References.- 6. Human Electro-Olfactograms and Brain Responses to Olfactory Stimulation.- I Introduction.- II Stimulation.- III The human electro-olfactogram.- IV The human olfactory evoked potential.- I Summary.- References.- 3 Development and Senescence.- 7. Olfactory Function in Neonates.- I Introduction.- II Olfaction in the neonate.- III Summary and conclusions.- References.- 8. Olfactory Preferences in Children and Adults.- I Introduction.- II The origins of olfactory preferences.- III Developmental changes in olfactory preferences: Older children and adults.- IV Discussion.- V Conclusions.- References.- 9. Influences of Aging on Human Olfactory Function.- I Introduction.- II Age-related changes in olfactory perception.- III Physiological basis for age-related changes in odor perception.- IV Summary and questions for the future.- References.- 4 Basic Characteristics of Human Olfaction.- 10. Olfactory Adaptation.- I Introduction.- II Effects of adaptation on the olfactory threshold.- III Effects of adaptation on perceived intensity.- IV Effects of adaptation on reaction times.- V Physiological measurements of adaptation.- VI Discussion.- References.- 11. Memory for Odors.- I Introduction.- II Odor-evoked memory.- III Odorimagery.- IV Different forms of memory.- V Episodic odor memory.- VI Odor identification.- VII Conclusions.- Reference.- 12. Characteristics of the Human Sense of Smell when Processing Odor Mixtures.- I Introduction.- II Phenomena observed with odor mixtures.- III What do we smell in mixtures?.- IV Role of cognitive factors in mixture perception.- V Predicting the odor intensity of mixtures.- VI Mechanisms of mixture perception.- VII Summary.- References.- 13. Comparison of Odor Perception in Humans and Animals.- I Introduction.- II Olfactory sensitivity.- III Suprathreshold intensity.- IV Odor quality perception.- V Summary and conclusions.- References.- 5 Clinical and Health Aspects of Olfaction.- 14. Olfactory Dysfunction.- I Introduction.- II Evaluation of smell complaints.- III Psychophysical measurement in a clinical setting.- IV Frequent causes of olfactory dysfunction.- V Conclusions.- References.- 15. Epidemiology and its Application to Olfactory Dysfunction.- I Introduction.- II Epidemiologie principles.- III Application of epidemiologic principles to studies of olfactory dysfunction.- IV Risk factors for olfactory dysfunction.- V Research issues and direction.- VI Summary and conclusions.- References.- 16. Influence of Drugs on Smell Function.- I Introduction.- II The physiological basis of drug actions on olfaction.- III Norepinephrine in the olfactory bulb.- IV Summary.- References.- 17. Effects of Odors on Mood and Behavior: Aromatherapy and Related Effects.- I Introduction.- II Belief in the effects of odors on mood.- III Historical meaning of aromatherapy.- IV Potential mechanisms for an influence of smell on mood.- V Measurement of mood changes to odors.- VI Unresolved issues and future directions.- References.
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