Our world is filled with various odors. What roles do these odors play in our lives? Do they affect our brains? And what is the mechanism behind our sense of smell?
This exhibition draws on the results of recent research, and introduces the profound world of our sense of smell from two perspectives, firstly looking at how our noses capture "odorants", and secondly how our brains sense odors, and how they influence our emotions.
In the exhibition, you can experience the wonders of your sense of smell while actually sniffing a variety of odors. You'll be introduced to the mechanisms through which our noses capture odors, and how they influence our emotions and brains. By knowing the sophisticated mechanism behind our sense of smell, you will sniff the world as never before.
December 13, 2017 - May 21, 2018
Professor, Department of Applied Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, and the research director of the JST ERATO Touhara Chemosensory Signal Project