Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Sense of Smell
Name: Diana H.
Status: student
Age: 19
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2001


Question:
Where can I find good reliable information about the human sense of smell and whether it is stronger in men or women?


Replies:
A good starting point for general info on the human sense of smell is the National Geographic Survey of Smell, carried out in 1989. In a PubMed search for 'human sense of smell' I found a follow up on this study from Sweden, where the subjects were twins (to discriminate nature from nurture), see J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2001 Jul;56(4):P226-P233 (freely available on the web at

http://psychsoc.gerontologyjournals.org/cgi/content/full/56/4/P226

The abstract of a publication by Bengtsson et al(Brain activation during odor perception in males and females. Neuroreport 2001 Jul 3;12(9):2027-2033) starts with the sentence: 'Several studies indicate that women outperform men in olfactory identification tasks.' If you can lay your hands on a copy of this paper you'd find all the data you need.

Dr. Trudy Wassenaar


Click here to return to the Zoology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (help@newton.dep.anl.gov), or at Argonne's Educational Programs

NEWTON AND ASK A SCIENTIST
Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory