The Power of Smell

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World Science Festival Staff

The World Science Festival is a New York City-wide celebration of science through discussions, art, food, games and more. The 2014 Festival runs from May 28-June 1.

Despite being one of the oldest senses, our sense of smell is easily one of the least understood. It’s also the only one with a direct connection to our brain. With each breath we create a detailed picture of our environment. It can warn us of danger, or lead us to food. Some smells may even trigger behaviors without our knowing it. In Scents and Sensibilities, we’ll explore how our sense of smell works, how other organisms utilize it, and how it has such a hold on our emotions and memories.
More videos from this series: Scents and Sensibilities