A new study has suggested that smelling a perfume can change the way you see the world.
Researchers from the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University at Buffalo, New York, used a device that simulates a human body and has a sensor on the back of the head that measures the smell of perfume.
The device then measures the changes in how the body reacts to different scent triggers.
They found that the scent of the perfume changed the way people perceived the world around them.
“Our results demonstrate that the human visual system can respond to different types of smells, including odors from a single source,” the authors wrote.
Dr Sarah Mathers, a lecturer in the University’s School of Psychology, said: “Our results show that when people smell a particular scent, the visual system uses this to form a perception of a new place, time, person or object.”
“This might be an indication that the visual perception of smells might be related to the physical sensation of the scent,” she said.
The researchers used the device to measure how the brain responded to different smells.
The sensor measures the intensity of the smell and is used to measure brain activity.
It was able to detect changes in brain activity during smell-induced changes in the smell.
Scientists said that smelling is an “essential” part of our senses and this research provides further evidence that the brain’s perception of odours is linked to the brain, not just smell.
“Our findings suggest that smell is a key sensory modality of the human brain, and we can learn more about its importance in everyday life,” Dr Matherses said.
“As a result, we can begin to imagine how the experience of smell might be linked to different aspects of our everyday lives, including our sense of identity.”