WHYY: How the Nose Knows (Podcast)

Our sense of smell can bring us quick bursts of joy, like a whiff of bread baking, that freshly brewed cup of coffee, or your favorite perfume. But it’s also an important alarm system, alerting us to dangers ranging from gas leaks to spoiled food.

Even though smell is such an important part of how we experience the world, it’s been studied far less than our other senses. This came into sharper focus during the pandemic, when COVID-19 left millions of people without their sense of smell, and without answers.

On this episode, Monell’s Dr. Pam Dalton joins the Pulse to explore the connection between smell and memory, and what happens when we lose our sense of smell.

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