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Module

PSY3043 : Making Sense of scents: investigating olfactory perception

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Caroline Allen
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to take an understudied sensory system and place it at the centre of human and animal experience by examining it from a range of perspectives across the lifespan. The module will cover the relevance of olfaction to survival and the lived experience by covering biological, evolutionary, social, psychological and clinical research and perspectives on olfaction in humans and non-human animals.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will comprehensively cover the sense of smell, including biological, evolutionary, social and psychological factors related to the sense. A comparative approach will be taken throughout the module.

Main topics covered will include:
-Chemical, biological, and neuroanatomical basis of olfaction
-Olfaction in non-human animals
-The history of olfaction research in humans
-The role of olfaction in human social communication
-Survival and olfaction
-Reproduction and olfaction
-The human pheromone debate
-Methods for studying olfaction in humans and animals
-Artificial fragrances – the psychology/biology underpinning their design and use
-The impact of olfaction on mental health and wellbeing
-Olfaction and physical health

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable