Dr Laura Speed, Assistant Professor at Radboud University and the project Advisory Board Member, presented findings from Sensory Books project at the ECRO XXXIII conference.
The European Chemoreception Research Organization (ECRO) promotes fundamental and applied research in chemosensory science especially olfaction and taste in vertebrates and invertebrates. The 2023 conference took place in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 18. - 21. September, 2023. The feedback from the participants on our poster was that combining odours into books is a great idea. First and foremost, the participants thought that it is important for people to become more aware of odour, and especially in early childhood. Most people were curious what the follow-up work will look like, and how the different aspects of the typology might predict different outcomes. There was also a suggestion that smell books could help children with reading difficulties. People were also interested in the different types of smelling distinguished in the paper co-authored with Ida Bruheim Jensen and Natalia Kucirkova and forthcoming in the journal Early Child Development and Care.