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How Learning Influences Our Sense of Smell

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How Learning Influences Our Sense of Smell

How Learning Influences Our Sense of Smell

How Learning Influences Our Sense of Smell

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The brain learns to distinguish between similar smells simply through passive experience, according to a new study by Northwestern University researchers. The findings suggest that this process ultimately allows us to distinguish between thousands of similar smells, beginning at birth.

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Jay A. Gottfried, assistant professor of neurology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago