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by DB-LINK on Nov 30, 2011
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A number of excellent resources on Smell are not available online. The following is a list of some key resources.  If you would like help in locating items on the list or getting additional information, contact us via email at

Scents That Make Sense --Gough, Anne; Williams, Kate. DBI REVIEW, vol. 47, July 2011, pp. 4-10. (July 2011) This article is about a school in England that is working on better understanding the ways the sense of smell can effectively be used as part of the learning process with deafblind students. The project was born out of observing some of the children already using their sense of smell to help them to identify people, places and objects. Two examples of children in the study are presented.

Smell and Puberty in Children With Charge Syndrome: Is there a recurrence risk?/Bergman, Jorieke; van Ravenswaaij, Conny. 2007, 3. This short paper describes the link between smell and puberty. During early embryogenesis, the olfactory system and the hypothalamus develop together. When the development of the olfactory system is disturbed, you often see a developmental defect of the hypothalamus as well. The authors are conducting research to see if anosmia or hyposmia might be predictive for puberty problems, specifically if they can predict with a smell test whether a child will or will not enter puberty spontaneously. Treatment for a lack of ability to smellcan not be treated but preventive measures can be implemented, e.g., smoke detectors, profuse use of deodorants, etc. Delayed puberty can be treated with hormones. 8th International CHARGE Syndrome Conference, July 26-29, 2007, Costa Mesa, CA

Sensory Curriculum For Very Special People: A Practical Approach to Curriculum Planning/Longhorn, Flo. -- Souvenir Press: 1995, 242pp. The book outlines a curriculum for each of the senses, using stimuli which can be varied to suit the age of the student. Designed to help teachers working with children with profound multiple handicaps combined with sensory and physical impairment, it suggests ways to integrate the sensory curriculum into a whole school curriculum. Chapter topics include sensory learning and how to build a bank around each sense, vision, taste, smell, sound, and tactile. Curricula offered is a multisensory approach to education. Available from Sense, 11-13 Clifton Terrace, London N4 3SR, England, telephone: 0171 272-7774; fax: 0171 272-6012; email: Human Horizons Series

Tactual Perception: A Review of Experimental Variables and Procedures --Fernandes, Alexandra M.; Albuquerque, Pedro B. COGNITIVE PROCESSING, 2012. (May 2012) This paper reviews the literature on tactual perception. Throughout this review, we will highlight some of the most relevant aspects in the touch literature: type of stimuli; type of participants; type of tactile exploration; and finally, the interaction between touch and other senses. Regarding type of stimuli, we will analyse studies with abstract stimuli such as vibrations, with two- and three-dimensional stimuli, and also concrete stimuli, considering the relation between familiar and unfamiliar stimuli and the haptic perception of faces. Under the “type of participants” topic, we separated studies with blind participants, studies with children and adults, and also performed an overview of sex differences in performance. The type of tactile exploration is explored considering conditions of active and passive touch, the relevance of movement in touch and the relation between haptic exploration and time. Finally, interactions between touch and vision, touch and smell and touch and taste are explored in the last topic. The review ends with an overall conclusion on the state of the art for the tactual perception literature. With this work, we intend to present an organised overview of the main variables in touch experiments, compiling aspects reported in the tactual literature, and attempting to provide both a summary of previous findings, and a guide to the design of future works on tactual perception and memory, through a presentation of implications from previous studies.

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