Colloquium Categories, Diversity and Contact
Room: E 2.18
Date: Wednesday 8-4-2015
Artin Arshamian – The mental representation of odors
Most people have no problem imagining visual objects or sounds without the appropriate external stimuli. However, when it comes to creating odor images in our mind (i.e., trying to imagine odors) most people have a very hard time doing it. The evidence in favor of such an ability is also inconsistent. This talk will present a range of behavioral experiments that explore some of the characteristics of odor imagery. These include the impact of sniffing on the odor image, the relation between odor imagery and smell functions (i.e., odor threshold, episodic odor memory, and odor identification), and the role of odor imagery in memories evoked by odors (i.e., Proustian memories). Moreover, I will discuss the structure of odor imagery in persons that lack the sense of smell.