BY LOGAN TITTLE

 
It's no surprise that knocking back a few drinks can make a whole room full of strangers friendly, but researchers in France found something else that might be able to do the something similar.

A study in the Journal of Social Psychology says certain smells can trigger a more positive mood, which ultimately makes you nicer to people you don’t know.


KHON: “...based on experiments, people were more likely to tell someone they had dropped something, if they were also passing by a bakery giving off the scent of fresh-baked bread.

WPSD says the team of researchers rounded up eight volunteers and had half stand outside a bakery while the other four by a clothing store.

"Some 77-percent of people who walked by the participants standing bear the bakery picked up items the volunteers dropped. while only 52-percent picked up items near the clothing shop."

The researchers reportedly repeated the experiment 400 times! So how do smells make us so darn nice? A professor of psychology at Brown University explains.

“Odors do affect people’s mood, work performance and behavior in a variety of ways but it isn’t because odors work on us like a drug, instead we work on them through our experiences …  with them. That is, in order for an odor to elicit any sort of response in you, you have to first learn to associate it with some event.”

 

Study: Smell Of Freshly Baked Bread Makes You More Kind

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Nov 3, 2012

Study: Smell Of Freshly Baked Bread Makes You More Kind

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 
It's no surprise that knocking back a few drinks can make a whole room full of strangers friendly, but researchers in France found something else that might be able to do the something similar.

A study in the Journal of Social Psychology says certain smells can trigger a more positive mood, which ultimately makes you nicer to people you don’t know.


KHON: “...based on experiments, people were more likely to tell someone they had dropped something, if they were also passing by a bakery giving off the scent of fresh-baked bread.

WPSD says the team of researchers rounded up eight volunteers and had half stand outside a bakery while the other four by a clothing store.

"Some 77-percent of people who walked by the participants standing bear the bakery picked up items the volunteers dropped. while only 52-percent picked up items near the clothing shop."

The researchers reportedly repeated the experiment 400 times! So how do smells make us so darn nice? A professor of psychology at Brown University explains.

“Odors do affect people’s mood, work performance and behavior in a variety of ways but it isn’t because odors work on us like a drug, instead we work on them through our experiences …  with them. That is, in order for an odor to elicit any sort of response in you, you have to first learn to associate it with some event.”

 
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