Cognitive Science 45:1-26 (2021)

Yasmina Jraissati
American University of Beirut
Ophelia Deroy
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Humans are poorer at identifying smells and communicating about them, compared to othersensory domains. They also cannot easily organise odour sensations in a general conceptual space like with colours. We challenge the conclusion that there is no olfactory conceptual map at all. Instead we propose a new framework, with local conceptual spaces.
Keywords Olfaction  Perception  Sensory categories  Ineffability  Perceptual expertise  Colour  Smell
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