My minds nose

Rachel Herz

September 28, 2021

Rachel Herz, PhD

Rachel Herz, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and world-leading expert on the psychological science of smell. She has been conducting research on the senses, emotion, perception, motivated behavior, and cognition since 1990. In this episode, Dr. Herz speaks to us about how scent memories and imagery influence our health and decision-making. She explains the groundbreaking science behind loss of smell as a reliable early indicator of Sars-CoV-2. 

Dr. Herz is a TEDx speaker, has published over 95 original research papers, received numerous awards and grants, co-authored scholarly handbooks, and is an adjunct professor in the Medical School of Brown University and part-time faculty in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Boston College. She is also a professional consultant to various industries regarding scent, taste, food and flavor, and is frequently called upon as an expert witness in legal cases involving olfaction. Dr. Herz is the author of several academic and popular science books including the leading college textbook on Sensation & Perception (Oxford University Press) now in its 6th edition, The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell (2007; Harper Collins), which was selected as a finalist for the “2009 AAAS Prize for Excellence in Science Books,” and That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion (2012; W.W. Norton & Co), which analyzes the emotion of disgust from culture to neuroscience, and was listed as a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice”. Her latest book Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship with Food (2018; W.W. Norton & Co) explores how our senses, brain and psychology govern our perception of food, and the experiences and consequences of eating. Why You Eat What You Eat was a finalist for the “2018 Readable Feast Awards” and listed among the “Best Food Books of 2018” by The Smithsonian and The New Yorker.

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Twitter @Rachel Herz 


Scent Perception and Therapeutic Potential for Pain

Tracking Smell Loss to Identify Health Care Workers with Sars-Cov-2 Infection

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Disclaimer: The information presented in this podcast is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor if you are in need of medical care, and before making any changes to your health routine.

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