The second instalment of the Guardian’s Brain Waves podcast series about the science of emotion focuses on life without a sense of smell. The podcast takes an in-depth look at the emotional significance of the sense of smell in humans as well as its role in memory. Alongside interviews with Prof Barry Smith of the University of London, psychologist Dr Ilona Croy and neuroscientist Prof Edvard Moser, Fifth Sense’s Duncan Boak and Tom Laughton (both of whom lost their sense of smell following trauma) meet Guardian journalist Lucy Mangan, who was born without a sense of smell, and discuss their individual perspectives on life without this sense. Lucy also meets chef Jozef Youssef who takes her on a multi-sensory gastronomic experience.
It’s a fascinating programme that tackles the issue of anosmia in a sensitive way and we highly recommend it. You can listen to it online here.