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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Olfactory perception is positively linked to anxiety in young adults
Author(s): Havlicek, Jan
Novakova, Lenka Martinec
Vondrova, Marta
Kubena, Ales A
Valentova, Jaroslava
Roberts, S Craig
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Keywords: Big Five
olfactory identification
Sniffin’ Sticks
odour discrimination
Issue Date: 2012
Date Deposited: 1-Feb-2013
Citation: Havlicek J, Novakova LM, Vondrova M, Kubena AA, Valentova J & Roberts SC (2012) Olfactory perception is positively linked to anxiety in young adults. Perception, 41 (10), pp. 1246-1261.
Abstract: Olfactory abilities show a high degree of inter-individual variability and this could be partly related to personality differences. Here, in two studies, we tested a potential link between personality dimensions and olfactory perception. Sixty-eight (study 1) and a hundred and fifty-six (study 2) young adults completed the Big Five questionnaire and performed the Sniffin' Sticks test for assessing odour threshold, identification, and (in study 2) discrimination. In neither study did we find a significant link between personality dimensions and olfactory identification scores. However, in study 1, we found a significant positive correlation between the neuroticism dimension and olfactory sensitivity. This was mainly due to the anxiety and self-consciousness subscales, which load onto the neuroticism dimension. In a follow-up study, we again found a significant association between anxiety and odour perception, specifically in odour discrimination. Our results indicate that variability in anxiety could partly explain the high inter-individual variation in olfactory perception.
DOI Link: 10.1068/p7244
Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Havlíček J, Nováková L, Vondrová M, Kuběna A A, Valentová J, Roberts S C, 2012. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Perception 41(10) 1246 – 1261, 2012, DOI: 10.1068/p7244

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