A recent attempt at odour categorization

    A recent attempt at odour categorization

    post #1 of 8
    Thread Starter 

    Saw this in my morning scan of the paper and thought I'd share it:

     

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/from-fragrant-to-popcorn-us-scientists-identify-10-categories-for-smells-8827888.html

     

    To my relatively unsientific mind this attempt at categorization is just plain weird, ranging from the catchall 'fragrant' to the super specific 'lemon' or 'popcorn'. How this can be of use to anyone I don't know. But I'm sure the researchers have their arguments to support the conclusions they draw...

    post #2 of 8

    "Fragrant", "Chemical", "Sweet"; irrelevant .

     

    "Pungent", more to do with the trigeminal system than smell I would have thought.

    post #3 of 8
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    Originally Posted by gimmegreen View Post

    Saw this in my morning scan of the paper and thought I'd share it:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/from-fragrant-to-popcorn-us-scientists-identify-10-categories-for-smells-8827888.html

    To my relatively unsientific mind this attempt at categorization is just plain weird, ranging from the catchall 'fragrant' to the super specific 'lemon' or 'popcorn'. How this can be of use to anyone I don't know. But I'm sure the researchers have their arguments to support the conclusions they draw...
    Nevertheless interesting, Thanks for the link.
    post #4 of 8
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    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post
     

    "Fragrant", "Chemical", "Sweet"; irrelevant .

     

    "Pungent", more to do with the trigeminal system than smell I would have thought.

     

    "Fragrant", "Chemical", "Sweet"; irrelevant - this is what I thought. 

     

    Somehow don't think this categorization this will take off...

    post #5 of 8

    Opinions are like you know what

    post #6 of 8
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post

    "Pungent", more to do with the trigeminal system than smell I would have thought.
    David, I don't always understand everything you say as it's beyond my scope, but I find all your responses fascinating and feel like there's always something to learn from you!
    post #7 of 8

    We've been talking about this same information / research / Opinion from an Article in a different publication, elsewhere too...  

     

    I concur, it's rubbish.

    post #8 of 8

    hednic, thank you for your kind words.   The trigeminal system of nerves is found in the face and one of its functions is to experience sensation.   When I say that the descriptor "pungent" is more suited to the trigeminal systm I mean that, to me, pungent is more a sensation than a smell.   Vinegar is pungent; has a specific smell but you can feel it too.   Taste Wasbi; it's the same thing.      

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    9/20/13 at 2:24am

    gimmegreen said:



    Saw this in my morning scan of the paper and thought I'd share it:

     

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/from-fragrant-to-popcorn-us-scientists-identify-10-categories-for-smells-8827888.html

     

    To my relatively unsientific mind this attempt at categorization is just plain weird, ranging from the catchall 'fragrant' to the super specific 'lemon' or 'popcorn'. How this can be of use to anyone I don't know. But I'm sure the researchers have their arguments to support the conclusions they draw...

    9/20/13 at 2:56am

    David Ruskin said:



    "Fragrant", "Chemical", "Sweet"; irrelevant .

     

    "Pungent", more to do with the trigeminal system than smell I would have thought.

    9/20/13 at 4:09am

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gimmegreen View Post

    Saw this in my morning scan of the paper and thought I'd share it:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/from-fragrant-to-popcorn-us-scientists-identify-10-categories-for-smells-8827888.html

    To my relatively unsientific mind this attempt at categorization is just plain weird, ranging from the catchall 'fragrant' to the super specific 'lemon' or 'popcorn'. How this can be of use to anyone I don't know. But I'm sure the researchers have their arguments to support the conclusions they draw...
    Nevertheless interesting, Thanks for the link.

    9/20/13 at 7:51am

    Alex9 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post
     

    "Fragrant", "Chemical", "Sweet"; irrelevant .

     

    "Pungent", more to do with the trigeminal system than smell I would have thought.

     

    "Fragrant", "Chemical", "Sweet"; irrelevant - this is what I thought. 

     

    Somehow don't think this categorization this will take off...

    9/20/13 at 9:47am

    Tony T said:



    Opinions are like you know what

    9/20/13 at 1:47pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by David Ruskin View Post

    "Pungent", more to do with the trigeminal system than smell I would have thought.
    David, I don't always understand everything you say as it's beyond my scope, but I find all your responses fascinating and feel like there's always something to learn from you!

    9/20/13 at 2:44pm

    pkiler said:



    We've been talking about this same information / research / Opinion from an Article in a different publication, elsewhere too...  

     

    I concur, it's rubbish.

    9/21/13 at 12:30am

    David Ruskin said:



    hednic, thank you for your kind words.   The trigeminal system of nerves is found in the face and one of its functions is to experience sensation.   When I say that the descriptor "pungent" is more suited to the trigeminal systm I mean that, to me, pungent is more a sensation than a smell.   Vinegar is pungent; has a specific smell but you can feel it too.   Taste Wasbi; it's the same thing.