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Bruce P. Halpern
S.L. Sage Professor of Psychology Emeritus
- Neurobiology and Behavior
My research was primarily in sensory systems, studying chemosensory functions and behaviors. THE FOCUS WAS SMELL IN HUMANS. This research was designed to increase knowledge and understanding of retronasal smelling (smelling odorants that are located in the oral cavity) in relation to orthonasal smelling (smelling odorants that are located near the anterior nares [nostrils]). The term "smelling" is used rather than "olfaction" because odorants can potentially access both the trigeminally-innervated nasal and oral mucosa and the olfactory mucosa of the nasal cavity during normal retronasal or orthonasal presentation of odorants.