par, - 5 septembre 2013
Centre de Recherche
en Neurosciences de Lyon
Université Claude Bernard Lyon1
CNRS UMR5292 - INSERM U1028
50, avenue Tony Garnier
F-69366 Lyon Cedex 07
Email : email@example.com
Olfactory perception has significant implications in human affective life and social interactions. In this context, my past and current research activities in psychology of olfaction aim at better understanding :
1) The role of body odors in interpersonal relationships
Olfactory communication in humans remains poorly understood. Although information about sex, health, reproductive status, and genetic compatibility are believed to be conveyed through body odors, the chemical and behavioral bases of this communication are unclear. I am interested in how body odors are perceived in the context of family interactions and mate choice. I am also trying to better understand how human odors influence person perception and attractiveness (through faces and voices) and to identify which odorous compounds produced by the human body are significant in this regard.
2) The variability of odor perception, between and within individuals
I am particularly interested in developmental, sex and culture differences in odor-related affects and knowledge. I have been conducting studies in children, adolescents and adults to investigate how cognitive maturation, but also gain of experience and changing needs influence odor perception. Sex differences are recurrent in my studies, and I am particularly eager to understand how they can serve the social communication function of olfaction mentioned above. Cultural variations of olfactory memory, knowledge and abilities, awareness, and emotions are also one of my main research interests.
The methods I use to investigate these questions are verbal (development and validation of questionnaires, measurement of perceptual and affective evaluations), psychophysical (threshold detection), and neurophysiological (olfactomotor behavior, responses of the autonomic nervous system, fMRI).