Smelling cer­tain things can make you feel thin­ner

Fiji Sun - - Sun Spectrum - DEC­CAN CHRON­I­CLE

Just hear­ing or smelling some things can make you per­ceive your body to be thin or fat. Yes, a new study has es­tab­lished that ol­fac­tory and au­di­tory stim­uli might change how we per­ceive our body!

For ex­am­ple, peo­ple tend to feel thin­ner and lighter when ex­posed to the smell of lemon, while they feel heav­ier and more cor­pu­lent when they smell vanilla.

This is one of the re­sults of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion recorded in the ar­ti­cle ‘‘As Light As Your Scent: Ef­fects of Smell and Sound on Body Image Per­cep­tion”, which ex­plores the re­la­tion be­tween smell and body shape. The find­ings were presented at the meet­ing IFIP Con­fer­ence on Hu­man-Com­puter In­ter­ac­tion.

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