Article 11: Scents and Sensibility

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University OF Rizal System
Pililla, Rizal
A.Y. 2012-2013

(Reaction Paper)

John Elly Panguito

Abnormal Psychology

BS Psychology III

Mrs. Liezel Ramirez-Francisco

Introduction
The sense of smell gives rise to the perception of odors, mediated by the olfactory nerve. The olfactory receptor (OR) cells are neurons present in the olfactory epithelium, a small patch of tissue in back of the nasal cavity. There are millions of olfactory receptor neurons that act as sensory signaling cells. Each neuron has cilia in direct contact with air. The olfactory nerve is considered the smell mediator, the axon connects the brain to the external air. Odorous molecules act as a chemical stimulus. Molecules bind to receptor proteins extended from cilia, initiating an electric signal. The ability to identify odors varies among people and decreases with age. Studies show there are sex differences in odor discrimination; women usually outperform males. Pregnant women also have increased smell sensitivity, sometimes resulting in abnormal taste and smell perceptions, leading to food cravings or aversions. Deficits in smell also increase with age as well as a prevalence of taste problems (the sense of smell tends to dominate the sense of taste). Chronic smell problems are reported in small numbers for those in their mid-twenties, with numbers increasing steadily with overall sensitivity beginning to decline in the second decade of life, and then deteriorating appreciably as age increases to over 70 years of age.

This article not only tackles how strong a human scent in detecting odors or scent but emphasizes its importance on how a person finds its mate or partner.

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God is really great in giving us this body that we have. He equipped us with incomparable senses that even science couldn’t puzzle out the deepest secrets that it stumbles on. The article that I read tackles about the wonders of our sense of smell, the gift of our nose. It states a lot of study that proves some connections of our sense of smell when it comes to finding people that is compatible to us. It’s interesting to discover how a person would be able to search a partner by merely using his/her sense of smell. It is great evidence that we humans are really sensible in finding our partner in life. Studies have shown reasonable results regarding this topic. Experiments had shown comparable findings that could help in breaking the mystery in one’s sexual desire. Even though they had proven some assumptions, further study must be done to avoid risk and disbeliefs. We need exact data and evidence that would support their findings in terms on how person uses merely their smelling ability to find a compatible person for them. In my opinion, findings in the studies in the article could be useful to mankind. It could lead partners to happy living. But we must not depend on it fully. We have our own way on which we must choose as a life time partner. Just be faithful and do not lose hope. Fidelity and perseverance are great things that sustain interpersonal relationship.

University OF Rizal System
Pililla, Rizal
A.Y. 2012-2013

(Reaction Paper)

John Elly Panguito

Abnormal Psychology

BS Psychology III

Mrs. Liezel Ramirez-Francisco

Introduction
Orgasm (from Greek οργασμός orgasmos, from organ to mature, swell, also sexual climax) is the sudden discharge of accumulated sexual tension during the sexual response cycle, resulting in rhythmic muscular contractions in the pelvic region characterized by an intense sensation of pleasure. Experienced by males and females, orgasms are controlled by the involuntary or autonomic nervous system. They are often associated with other involuntary actions, including muscular spasms in multiple areas of the body, a general euphoric sensation and, frequently, body movements and vocalizations are expressed. The period after orgasm (known as a refractory period) is often a relaxing experience, attributed...
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