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Nature Neuroscience  7, 337 - 338 (2004)
Published online: 21 March 2004; | doi:10.1038/nn1215

A psychophysical test of the vibration theory of olfaction

Andreas Keller & Leslie B Vosshall

Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, Box 63, New York New York, 10021, USA.

Correspondence should be addressed to Andreas Keller kellera@mail.rockefeller.edu
At present, no satisfactory theory exists to explain how a given molecule results in the perception of a particular smell. One theory is that olfactory sensory neurons detect intramolecular vibrations of the odorous molecule. We used psychophysical methods in humans to test this vibration theory of olfaction and found no evidence to support it.


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