ERIC Number: ED071774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Trigeminal Stimulation on Children's Judgements of Odor.
Engen, Trygg; Moskowitz, Linda
Children's preference for odors, some of which presumably had marked trigeminal (noxious) effects, was assessed with the use of the method of pair comparison. Although the children, from 4 to 7 years old, were able to discriminate between the intensities of the odors, they were neither attracted nor repelled by them as much as the adults. In other words, the range of hedonic values associated with odors was found to be much smaller for children than for adults. This indicates that one must not depend on "bad" odors to keep children away from harmful substances. In particular, the finding that children are more tolerant of unpleasant odors than are adults suggests an even greater need for keeping potentially harmful substances out of the reach of children than would be necessary if children's preferences could be predicted on the basis of adult judgments. (Author)
Descriptors: Accident Prevention, Children, Data Analysis, Government Publications, Perception Tests, Research Reports, Safety, Sensory Experience, Young Children
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (DHEW Publication No. (HSM) 72-10022, No price quoted)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Services and Mental Health Administration (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Community Environmental Management.
Authoring Institution: Injury Control Research Lab., Providence, RI.