Natural Sciences Colloquium Monday: Prof. Leslie Cameron
- Carthage College
Carthage psychology professor Leslie Cameron will give a talk on Vision, Olfaction, and Irony on Monday, Oct. 7, as part of the 2013-2014 Natural and Social Sciences Division Colloquium Series. The talk will be held at 4 p.m. in Niemann Media Theatre.
Olfaction (sense of smell) is important for nutrition, safety, and quality of life. While much research has focused on the impact of loss of sense of smell, relatively little research has explored heightened sense of smell or hyperosmia. This is important because, even if relatively rare, hyperosmia is thought to be disruptive to normal functioning. Two conditions that are thought to result in hyperosmia are pregnancy and autism. But careful psychophysical measurements of olfactory function, which will be discussed in this talk, have not provided empirical evidence to support hyperosmia in either pregnancy or autism. If time permits I will also discuss ongoing research in my lab that explores inhomogeneity in perception across the visual field as well as studies that examine the use and function of humor in children and youth. I will conclude this presentation of my sabbatical activity by describing how I engage undergraduates in the research process and how our joint work advances the mission of the college.