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The Smell Experience Project

Main Project Information
Goal Help researchers understand changes in the sense of smell.
Task Submit your own story of a change in your sense of smell.
Where Online only

The Smell Experience Project is collecting stories from people who have experienced a significant change in their sense of smell.

Changes in odor perception can be a symptom of a condition, such as depression, head injury, dementia, or allergies, or a side effect of medication. Because the changes are subjective and difficult to measure, medical professionals often do not ask patients about changes in their sense of smell. As a result, there is little documented information about these changes. Smell Experience Researchers need your help to better understand changes in our sense of smell.

How to Join

Submit your story here:

The Smell Experience Project asks that you include details about how long the changes lasted, what kind of odors were affected, etc. Please do NOT include your name, email address, or any other identifying information.

Contact Information: Deborah Goetz email:

Required Gear

A computer with Internet access.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity At school, At home
Class Materials N/A
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags brain injury, odor, perception, rwjf, sense of, smell
Project Updated 04/21/2017