Baking cookies. Smoke. Salty skin. The world is filled with smells suggesting danger, the presence of food—and mating opportunities. How many aromas can we detect? According to groundbreaking research by neuroscientist (and smell-ologist) Dr. Leslie Vosshall, humans can distinguish more than 1 trillion scents—far more than previously thought.
Dr. Vosshall has a passion for the sense of smell. As head of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior at Rockefeller University, she probes the brains, olfactory pathways, and DNA of creatures from fruit flies to Homo sapiens. She asks: Is love in the eye of the beholder—or in the schnoz? How do different animals detect smell and how do scents influence behavior? Follow your nose to Symphony Space as we explore what’s new in the Science of Scent.
Before & After: Imbibe our seductively-perfumed specialty cocktails, sway to sweet-smelling tunes, if you dare, inhale (and attempt to identify) our mysterious scent samples, and be nosy and hang out for the post-talk Q&A