The main focus of my work has been on sensory perception, primarily the sense of smell and it is mediated by and influences emotion, learning and memory, and social behavior. Recently I have begun to explore the emotion of disgust and how taste sensitivity is related to various forms of this emotion.
Rachel Herz, Ph.D is a world leading expert in the psychological science of smell. She has been conducting research on the sense of smell since 1990, has published over 65 original research papers, contributed numerous chapters to college textbooks and academic anthologies, received a variety of awards and grants, and teaches in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences. Dr. Herz also consults for the world's foremost fragrance and flavor companies, and is frequently called upon as an expert witness in cases involving the sense of smell. In October 2007, her first popular science book: The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell was published and selected as a finalist for the "2009 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books." Her next book, That's Disgusting which explores the emotion of disgust from culture to neuroscience will be available in January 2012.
RACHEL HERZ, Ph.D
On The Web:
Scents and Emotions Linked by Learning, Brown Study Shows
RESEARCH NOTES (Inside Brown of March 2005)
NBC10.com - HealthWatch - Can 'The Divorce Pill' Wreck Your Relationship?
Love, it seems, is all about scents and scentability
Exploring the psychology of scent (GSJ of Sept. 29, 2000)
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