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Heightened ability to imagine odors linked to higher body weight

Researchers at The John B. Pierce Laboratory and the Yale School of Medicine have revealed that the ability to vividly imagine the smell of popcorn, freshly baked cookies and even non-food odors is greater in obese adults.… Read More >

Can robots be taught to smell?

By Ed Stannard, New Haven Register Posted: 10/29/15, 1:19 PM EDT NEW HAVEN >> Understanding the sense of smell could help in building robots to do things we rely on animals to do today, such as locating people under the rubble of an earthquake, locating illegal drugs or finding a bomb.… Read More >

Olfactory navigation: Dynamic computing in the natural environment

Dr. Verhagen awarded NSF grant to study olfaction Justus V. Verhagen, associate fellow at the John B. Pierce Laboratory, and Yale neurobiologist, is one of 17 researchers nationwide to receive grants totaling $15 million from the National Science Foundation to study how the brain processes and identifies odors.… Read More >

The Sense of Smell Uses Fast Dynamics to Encode Odors

Dr. Justus Verhagen and other Neuroscientists from the John B. Pierce Laboratory and Yale School of Medicine have discovered that mice can detect minute differences in the temporal dynamics of the olfactory system, according to research published in the open access journal PLOS Biology.… Read More >

Why is it so hard to switch to a healthy, low-calorie diet?

Research from the laboratory of Dr. Ivan de Araujo, Associate Fellow, makes significant progress toward answering this crucial question in the battle against obesity. A major limitation of behavioral interventions for weight loss is the low appeal of low-calorie diets.… Read More >

Lighting the Way to Study the Brain

Finding new technologies to visualize and quantify the firing of individual neurons and their myriad network connections is an essential goal of the new BRAIN initiative recently announced by President Obama.… Read More >