Memory Trigger Tuesday: Smells like nostalgia


Have you ever noticed how certain smells can trigger an emotional response?  Chlorine reminds us of summers spent life guarding, fried chicken of Sundays at Granny’s.

“Olfactory has a strong input into the amygdala, which process emotions. The kind of memories that it evokes are good and they are more powerful,” explains expert Howard Eichenbaum.

This close relationship between the olfactory and the amygdala is one of the reason certain smells cause a spark of nostalgia.

For this reason, whenever I travel for vacation, I have a certain fragrance I like to bring along so, once I return home, just a whiff can transport me right back to that vacation location.  Have you tried this before?  What smells make you think of Walt Disney World?

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