Rockefeller University Smell Study

The enjoyment of a fine wine, the odor of a ripe cheese, the memory of a long-lost grandmother brought back by the scent of her perfume, or the alarm we feel when we smell smoke are all produced by a functioning olfactory system. Interestingly, there are enormous individual differences in how we interpret these smells. Given almost any odor, some people will find it pleasant, others unpleasant. Ripe cheese or garlic may smell delicious to some, but repulsive to others. The scientific basis of this variation has not been well-studied. Despite the clear evidence for culture-based preferences for food and aromas, the nature-versus-nurture debate for smell remains unresolved. We believe there may be a genetic basis for our unique senses of smell.

For for the last 7 years, we have been carrying out a number of studies with the help of normal human volunteers to ask how different humans detect smells and how they can tell very similar smells apart. You can call 212-327-SMELL (7635) or email us at smell@rockefeller.edu at any time to inquire about current studies that you may qualify to participate in.

 Card Front

LVO-0780: Molecular Features Influencing Odor Quality

The Rockefeller University Smell Study seeks to recruit normal subjects to understand why different odor chemicals have different smells. In this study we will try to find this out by asking you to smell many different odors. We will ask you to rate how the odors smell and will then try to find some physical features that can explain why smells smell the way they do.

 

You may qualify for this study


LVO-0684: Genetic Basis of Odor Discrimination

The Rockefeller University Smell Study seeks to recruit normal subjects to track down the genetic basis of how we perceive and distinguish similar smells


You may qualify for this study

 Card Back

For more information or to enroll, please call 212-327-SMELL (7635) or email us at smell@rockefeller.edu or consult our study web page RU Cares



*Card designs by Pascale Willi


Back to Top

Site Meter