Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Rachel Herz, Ph.D is a world leading expert in the psychological science of smell. She has been conducting research on the sense of smell since 1990, has published over 82 original research papers, contributed numerous chapters to college textbooks and academic anthologies, received a variety of awards and grants, and somtimes teaches in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences. Dr. Herz also consults for the world's foremost fragrance and flavor companies, and is frequently called upon as an expert witness in cases involving the sense of smell. She has written three popular science books: The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell which was selected as a finalist for the "2009 AAAS Prize for Excellence in Science Books", That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, which received numerous accolades and analyzes the emotion of disgust from culture to neuroscience, and most recently Why You Eat What You Eat: The Science Behind Our Relationship With Food, which explores the bi-drectionional relationship between our senses, psychology and brain in our experience of food and the consequences of eating.

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