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W&L’s Tyler Lorig Discusses What the Nose Knows with WVTF Public Radio

— by on December 23rd, 2008

In an interview with Connie Stevens of WVTF, public radio in Roanoke, Tyler Lorig, the Ruth Parmly Professor and chair of neuroscience at Washington and Lee, explains the ways in which our sense of smell has an impact on all of our senses.

Lorig’s current research on olfaction examines odors and timing as seen in brain images.

As Lorig tells Stevens in her report, “We are interested in how we make sense of that temporal spectrum of odors coming into the nose and how they come to be recognized—we use different processes in our brain to handle odors that unfold very rapidly, as opposed to odors that are unfolding slowly. It looks for all the world like a person listening to words.”