CenSes Seminar

CenSes Seminar
15 May 2019, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Johan Lundstrom| Karolinska Institute

Behavioural and neuroimaging studies have demonstrated that throughout evolution, visual signals that has been associated with threats enjoy automated and prioritised processing. Based on this, we hypothesised an ability to detect threats also via our nose. In this talk, I will provide an overview of findings from our recent project on olfactory threat signals originating from various sources (the body odour from strangers and sick individuals as well as the odour of blood). Our findings demonstrate that, much like other animals, humans are able to extract odour information that alert us about the presence of specific threats and that this information affect both our neural processing of sensory stimuli as well as the perception of our surrounding.


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