Friday, October 30, 2020
Home Life Style Health & Fitness Scent of a Lemon Can Help People Feel Better About Their Body...

Scent of a Lemon Can Help People Feel Better About Their Body Image

The researchers believe the new findings could be used to develop new recommendations for therapies for people with body perception disorders or wearable technologies that could improve self-esteem

Researchers have found that the scent of a lemon could help people feel better about their body image, and that people feel thinner and lighter when they experienced it.

The study presented at the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2019) also revealed people contrastingly felt thicker and heavier when they smelt vanilla.

“Our study shows how the sense of smell can influence the image we have in our mind of our body and on the feelings and emotions towards it,” said study lead by author Giada Brianza from the University of Sussex.

The research project builds upon recent research in cognitive neuroscience and human-computer interaction (HCI), which revealed technology can change people’s body image perception (BIP) by stimulating a range of senses.

The experiment consists of two consecutive studies. In the first study, participants sat at a computer screen while olfactory stimuli were delivered and were then asked to rate the perceived scent using a Visual Analogue Scale comparing it to spiky or rounded shapes, hot or cold, high or low pitch and thin and thick body silhouettes.

In the follow-up study, participants stood on a wooden board, wearing headphones, a pair of motion-capture sensors and the shoe-based device which enhanced the pitch of their own footsteps.

Vastu tips suggest lemon in water
Lemon in water. Pixabay

Participants were instructed to walk on the spot while olfactory stimuli were released and then asked to adjust the size of a 3-D avatar using a body visualisation tool according to their perception of themselves.

They also answered a questionnaire about perceived speed, body feelings and emotions.

Also Read: Russia Accuses Facebook, Google of Election Interference

The researchers found the scent of lemon resulted in participants’ feeling lighter, while the vanilla scent made them feel heavier.

These sensations were enhanced when combined with high-pitched sounds and low-pitched sounds of the participants’ footsteps.

The researchers believe the new findings could be used to develop new recommendations for therapies for people with body perception disorders or wearable technologies that could improve self-esteem. (IANS)

STAY CONNECTED

19,120FansLike
362FollowersFollow
1,779FollowersFollow

Most Popular

This Halloween Indulge Yourself In Spooky Binge Therapy By OTT Platforms

Halloween is incomplete without the chills, shrills, and thrills, and OTT platforms have packed it all for a spooky binge therapy. A list of shows...

New Trends of Hiring for Work in IT Industry

Each change is a step towards transformation. Ever since the pandemic interrupted our lives, the shift to remote working has not just altered the...

Making Orphaned and Abandoned Children Self-reliant

There are millions of orphan children across India, who lack the basic facilities required for survival. Having lost their parents at a very young...

Some Recovered COVID Patients Could Still Carry Virus

Researchers have reported that some patients recovered from COVID-19 could still carry the virus, suggesting that recovered patients should be more cautious and avoid...

Delayed Treatment of Brain Stroke Leads to Disabilities

Time is brain when it comes to the treatment of acute ischemic stroke. For every minute of delay in seeking treatment for a stroke,...

Foods that Reduce the Risks of Breast Cancer

A healthy lifestyle which includes exercise and a nutrient-dense diet may help reduce the risk of cancer. Foods that are rich in antioxidants and...

Delightful Golden Hues of Autumn in Switzerland

As beautiful as Switzerland is in summer, the changing colors of autumn paint the vistas of the country in delightful golden hues. Witnessing the...

Here’s How to Have a Better Digestive Health for Children

Has your toddler been refusing to poop in the toilet? Does he/she cry or make faces while passing stool or has the frequency of...

Recent Comments