Author

Piet Vroon

Piet Vroon (1939-1998) was Professor of Theoretical and Experimental Psychology at the University of Utrecht. He has written various bestsellers about human behaviour and the function of the brain: Allemaal psychisch (It’s All in the Mind, 1988), Tranen van de krokodil (Crocodile Tears, 1989), Kopzorgen (Headaches, 1990) and Wolfsklem (Wolf Trap, 1992).

Smell: The Secret Seducer

Smell: The Secret Seducer

Psychologie van de reuk

(Ambo Anthos, 1994, 251 pages)

The human sense of smell has always been rated below sight and hearing. Plato labelled it animal and Freud associated it with the anal phase; Rousseau on the other hand called the sense of smell the sense responsible for memory and desire. In this entertaining book the writers make a case for a heightened appreciation of smell. They show how the nose works and what goes to make up smells, they explain the relationship between stimulus and perception, the differences between individuals’ perceptions of smell, the influence smell has on illness and healing, and the significance of perfumes.

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