Notes - Olfaction We are aware now that there are at least hundreds of types of olfactory receptors(contrast this with the number of types of

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Olfaction - We are aware now that there are at least hundreds of types of olfactory receptors (contrast this with the number of types of visual receptors) - Other mammals have many more receptors than humans do - Each type of olfactory receptor is extremely specialized for one small group of closely related chemicals. - Bear-spray - Smell is vital for food selection - Neurons in the prefrontal cortex receive both taste and olfactory input, and combine them to produce the perception of flavor . - The olfactory tract also bypasses the relay system in the thalamus. - It travels to the olfactory bulb, a structure in the base of the brain that is directly in contact with the limbic system. - Especially in nonhuman mammals, olfaction plays a vital social role - These animals rely heavily on pheromones, chemicals that they release into the environment - Pheromones are important for sexual communication, acting upon the vomeronasal organ to send messages to find…??? -
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course PSYCH 2 taught by Professor Don'tremember during the Fall '04 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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Notes - Olfaction We are aware now that there are at least hundreds of types of olfactory receptors(contrast this with the number of types of

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