I have often noticed that when I am around my friends and a platter of flavorful confections are laid out, my mood is elevated as my mind shifts back to a memory of childhood spending time in my mom’s busy kitchen.
I had recognized that with me at least, memories (pleasant ones) were invariably tied to a pleasure able scent emanating from the oven.
Today I was glad to read that scientists had indeed confirmed this nose/memory connection.
Why Smells Evoke Memories So Vividly
April 30, 2014
Brain regions are synchronized as neurons fire at a common frequency.
“Nothing is more memorable than a smell.
One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains; another, a moonlit beach; a third, a family dinner of pot roast and sweet potatoes during a myrtle-mad August in a Midwestern town.” ~ Diane Ackerman
Or, in the somewhat less poetic language of science: areas of the brain that are central to long-term memory and the sense of smell are coupled together by brain waves oscillating at 20-40 hertz.