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17 Jun 2012

Long Term.

Written by sally @ 9:27 pm — Section: sally

“Unlike the other senses, smell needs no interpreter. The effect is immediate and undiluted by language, thought, or translation. A smell can be overwhelmingly nostalgic because it triggers powerful images and emotions before we have time to edit them. What you see and hear may quickly fade into the compost heap of short-term memory, but, as Edwin T. Morris points out in Fragrance, ‘there is almost no short-term memory with odors.’ It’s all long term.”

–from the fantastic A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman (if you read nothing else, read the chapter on smell)

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