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How Stress Can Make the World Stink, University of Wisconsin-Madison Study



9/25/2013 6:37:55 AM

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In evolutionary terms, smell is among the oldest of the senses. In animals ranging from invertebrates to humans, olfaction exerts a primal influence as the brain continuously and subconsciously processes the steady stream of scent molecules that waft under our noses. And while odors -- whether the aroma of stinky socks or the sweet smell of baking bread -- are known to stir the emotions, how they exert their influence biologically on the emotional centers of the human brain, evoking passion or disgust, has been a black box.

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