Monday, January 04, 2016

Must Read: Phantasomia

The New York Times has a fascinating article about phantom smells that appear after losing a loved one. Author Julie Myerson began smelling whiffs of the perfume of her mother-in-law five years after her death, and tried to decipher this disturbing yet delicious phenomenon...
Have you ever smelled a perfume that was not there? In other words - have you experienced a scent hallucination? And if so - what was the context?


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5 Comments:

At January 05, 2016 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the date of this article in the NYT or the approximate one? This sounds fascinating.

 
At January 05, 2016 9:27 AM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

If you click on the article's link you'll see that it's from January 2nd, 2016 ;-)

 
At January 22, 2016 11:53 AM, Blogger Neyon said...

This will be really interesting. It's often that I smell things suddenly that I know 'aren't there' :/ Thanks for sharing

 
At January 28, 2016 10:34 PM, Anonymous Lisa said...

Yeah, I do experience that every now and then! So is it really called scent hallucination? Even when I'm not at home, sometimes I can still smell the essential oils I diffuse in my house.

 
At March 17, 2016 7:15 PM, Blogger Ayala Moriel said...

Lisa, I'm not sure if what you're experiencing is olfactory hallucinations. Maybe some of the oils you diffuse at home cling to your clothes, or other objects. Maybe they even cling to your finger after you open/close the lid on the bottles...

 

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