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ERIC Number: ED408630
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
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"Scent"sory Perception.
Dawes, Pamela Anne
Olfactics and an individual's perceptions of different scents play an important role in interpersonal communication. People first notice the feeling or emotion they get from a particular odor before thinking of it cognitively, first recognizing whether it is pleasant or unpleasant. The determination of whether a scent is pleasant or unpleasant is based on past experience or perception of that particular scent. An exercise was developed to impress upon students the importance of the olfactory sense. The instructor selects a variety of scents that students cannot quickly recognize and puts the physical ingredients in bags. The bags are passed around the classroom and students then record their responses in a writing journal. Questions to answer may include: (1) How did you feel about this activity?; (2) Did any of the scents evoke a powerful feeling, thought, or reaction?; (3) What other scents evoke pleasant or unpleasant memories?; and (4) What is the significance of your sense of smell to interpersonal communication. (Sample activity directions are attached.) (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A