Nosing a marlish I Sodi Chianti for plum & red currant body with notes of tobacco & cocoa?
Not if you’re a psychopath.
In the ever increasing range of neural dysfunction being discovered among those displaying sociopathic tendencies, impaired sense of smell has been added to the list.
In a study published in the journal Chemosensory Perception “researchers found that those individuals who scored highly on psychopathic traits were more likely to struggle to both identify smells and tell the difference between smells, even though they knew they were smelling something. These results show that [frontal] brain areas controlling olfactory processes are less efficient in individuals with psychopathic tendencies.”
Could this be a factor in lack of emotional understanding & callousness? After all it is a familiar experience to most how deeply scents imprint memories and emotions. … Read the rest