September 29, 2013
A new study shows that when people are anxious, smells they once found neutral become distasteful. According to researchers, this can fuel a feedback loop that may heighten distress and lead to issues like anxiety and depression. A research team led by Dr. Wen Li, a professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, say their findings may help scientists understand the dynamic nature of smell perception and the biology of anxiety as the brain rewires itself under stressful circumstances and reinforces negative sensations and feelings.
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Keywords: anxiety, sensations, odors, negative, depression