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Pillow Talk: Remembering Scent

Scent is one of the strongest senses tied to memory, and recent studies indicate scent can be used to enhance learning and memory. While it won't trigger memory any more often than sight or sound will, ladies, scent does trigger memories that are more emotional.

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Your sense of smell is strongest around the time of ovulation; it's also stronger than a man's sense of smell. Over the course of your cycle, it might be interesting to see if there's a noticeable difference in how strongly your partner smells to you. In last week's poll, 31% of you said you'd give up your sense of smell for a year if you had to. But people who lose their sense of smell, through accident or illness, also describe a decrease in emotional richness and, eventually, less emotional intensity toward life.

Next time you're snuggled up against your partner, spend a little more time noticing and appreciating the peculiar power that scent holds over us.

Click here for a study that reveals how women (and mice) choose mates with immune-system genes different from their own. How do we know the genes are different? That's right: The way a man smells.

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