The Smell of Clean

08/23/11
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Leslie Vosshall

Leslie B. Vosshall is a renowned neuroscientist seeking to understand how behaviors emerge from the integration of sensory input with internal physiological states.

Do you smell that? If not, don’t worry. Like many things, smell has a genetic component, and not all smells are detectable by everybody. At Scents and Sensibilities, the audience was given cards that contained a variety of encapsulated scents. One such scent, a synthetic musk called galaxolide, illuminates how we perceive smells genetically as well as culturally.
Read more about galaxolide: Can You Smell That?
More videos from this series: Scents and Sensibilities