Olfaction and pain

People working on the project: Carlos Velasco, Lars L. Anderson, Charles Spence, Olivia Petit, and Adrian D. Cheok.

Research has shown that olfactory information can influence pain perception. Our research here focuses on understanding when, how, and why that happens. More specifically, we want to contribute to determining whether the exposure to specific odours can decrease/increase perceived pain intensity. We are also interested in the applications of this research via new technologies. For example, by using mobile technologies, it is possible to utilize smell as a means to influence muscle-related pain (e.g., neck muscle pain) perception in the workplace.

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