Effects of Olfactory Stimulation on Prefrontal Cortex Activity
A study out of the Center for Environment, Health and Field Sciences at Chiba University in Japan evaluated the effects of olfactory stimulation with rose and orange essential oils on prefrontal cortex activity. The essential oils are derived from plants and have been in use for a long time.
The study was conducted when the individuals were exposed for 90 seconds to air impregnated with either rose of orange essential oils. There was a control group that inhaled only impregnated air. Which kind of air each subject inhaled was random.
The researchers used near-infrared time-resolved spectroscopy and a modified semantic differential approach to determine subjective evaluations. The results were that of the 20 female university students between 20.9 and 24.1 years old had olfactory stimulation induced by rose or orange oil. They also felt and increase in “comfortable,” “relaxed,” and “natural” feelings.
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