2020 . 04 . 24
People missing the scent region of their brain can still smell
After briefly explaining what olfactory bulbs are, the article recounts the research conducted on the samples of different subjects that led to the conclusion that people without olfactory bulbs are perfectly able to perceive smells. In fact the results have shown how in some cases they are actually able to perceive smells even better than those with intact olfactory bulbs.
Naturally there’s a few questions arising: do people without olfactory bulbs really perceive any smell normally? Could it be that in these subjects the neurons that usually make up the olfactory bulbs have migrated? Or do these people use a totally different area of the nervous system to perceive smells?
All these questions surrounding the anosmia problem currently remain without a definite answer, however this new study has certainly paved the way for future research on the neuroscience of olfaction.