Olfactory remediation: current evidence and possible applications

Martin, G. Neil (1996) Olfactory remediation: current evidence and possible applications. Social Science and Medicine, 43 (1) . pp. 63-70. ISSN 0277-9536 [Article] (doi:10.1016/0277-9536(95)00334-7)


A number of recent psychological investigations has suggested a significant role for olfactory stimulation in the alteration of cognition, mood and social behaviour. These orthodox investigations have a common, if uneasy, relationship with the holistic practice of so-called aromatherapy. This paper reviews the therapeutic effects of odour on health-related behaviour. It distinguishes two types of research activity, one which is quantitative and science- and medicine-based, the other which is qualitative and anecdote-and experience-based. Both of these endeavours are critically assessed and suggestions are made for improvement in methodology and experimental design.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
ISI Impact: 14
Item ID: 3514
Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2009 06:26
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:16
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/3514

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