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.
|Herz RS, Van Reen E, Barker D, Hilditch CJ, Bartz A, Carskadon MA OUP accepted manuscript. Chemical Senses/Chemical senses. 2017;|
|Ershadi, Mahsa, Russell, James A., Herz, Rachel S. The (non)-effect of induced emotion on desire for different types of foods. Food Quality and Preference/Food Quality and Preference. 2017; 62 : 214-217.|
|Herz, Rachel The Role of Odor-Evoked Memory in Psychological and Physiological Health. Brain Sciences. 2016; 6 (3) : 22.|
|Herz, Rachel S. Birth of a Neurogastronomy Nation: The Inaugural Symposium of the International Society of Neurogastronomy. Chemical senses. 2015; : bjv073.|
|Sugiyama, Haruko, Oshida, Akiko, Thueneman, Paula, Littell, Susan, Katayama, Atsushi, Kashiwagi, Mitsuyoshi, Hikichi, Satoshi, Herz, Rachel S. Proustian Products are Preferred: The Relationship Between Odor-Evoked Memory and Product Evaluation. Chemosensory Perception. 2015; 8 (1) : 1-10.|
|Herz, R. S. Comment: Strohminger versus McGinn and The Meaning of Disgust. Emotion Review. 2014; 6 (3) : 218-219.|
|Herz, Rachel S. Verbal priming and taste sensitivity make moral transgressions gross.. Behavioral Neuroscience. 2014; 128 (1) : 20-28.|
|Verbal priming and taste sensitivity make moral transgressions gross. . 2014;|
|Herz, Rachel S., Hinds, Alden Stealing Is Not Gross: Language Distinguishes Visceral Disgust From Moral Violations. The American Journal of Psychology. 2013; 126 (3) : 275-286.|
|Herz RS, Hinds A Stealing is not gross: language distinguishes visceral disgust from moral violations.. The American Journal of Psychology. 2013; 126 (3) : 275-86.|
|Herz, Rachel S. PROP Taste Sensitivity is Related to Visceral but Not Moral Disgust. Chemosensory Perception. 2011; 4 (3) : 72-79.|
|Herz, Rachel S. Trygg Engen (1926–2009).. American Psychologist. 2010; 65 (4) : 294-294.|
|Herz RS Aromatherapy facts and fictions: a scientific analysis of olfactory effects on mood, physiology and behavior.. The International journal of neuroscience. 2009; 119 (2) : 263-90.|
|Herz, Rachel S. Symposium Overview. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2009; 1170 (1) : 313-317.|
|Herz RS Odor-associative learning and emotion: effects on perception and behavior.. Chemical senses. 2005; 30 Suppl 1 : i250-1.|
|Herz RS A naturalistic analysis of autobiographical memories triggered by olfactory visual and auditory stimuli.. Chemical senses. 2004; 29 (3) : 217-24.|
|Carskadon MA, Herz RS Minimal olfactory perception during sleep: why odor alarms will not work for humans.. Sleep. 2004; 27 (3) : 402-5.|
|Herz, Rachel S, Eliassen, James, Beland, Sophia, Souza, Timothy Neuroimaging evidence for the emotional potency of odor-evoked memory. Neuropsychologia. 2004; 42 (3) : 371-378.|
|Herz RS, Eliassen J, Beland S, Souza T Neuroimaging evidence for the emotional potency of odor-evoked memory.. Neuropsychologia. 2004; 42 (3) : 371-8.|
|Herz, Rachel S., Schankler, Corrente, Beland, Sophia Olfaction, Emotion and Associative Learning: Effects on Motivated Behavior. Motivation and Emotion. 2004; 28 (4) : 363-383.|
|Herz RS The effect of verbal context on olfactory perception.. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2003; 132 (4) : 595-606.|
|Herz RS, Schooler JW A naturalistic study of autobiographical memories evoked by olfactory and visual cues: testing the Proustian hypothesis.. The American Journal of Psychology. 2002; 115 (1) : 21-32.|
|Herz RS, von Clef J The influence of verbal labeling on the perception of odors: evidence for olfactory illusions?. Perception. 2001; 30 (3) : 381-91.|
|Herz RS Verbal coding in olfactory versus nonolfactory cognition.. Mem Cogn. 2000; 28 (6) : 957-64.|
Research Grants: Principal Investigator
1995-1996 Olfactory Research Fund: "The emotional distinctiveness of odor-evoked memories." ($35,000)
1996-1997 Olfactory Research Fund: "The emotional quality and accuracy of memories associated to olfactory versus musical stimuli." ($35,000)
1996-1997 NIH/NIDA, B/START: "Caffeine state-dependent memory: Relation to dose & mood." ($60,000)
1998-2001 H & R Florasynth: "Mechanisms involved in the perception of odor pleasantness." ($95,000)
2001-2002 Oakland Innovation: "Olfactory emotional conditioning: Effects on perception and cognition." ($35,000)
2001-2002 Brown University Faculty Development Fund ($1,500)
2001-2002 Brown University Magnetic Resonance Foundation/Itlleson Foundation: "An examination of the neural areas involved in emotional versus non-emotional olfactory and visual memory." ($10,000)
2003 Sense of Smell Institute: "Women's psychology of fragrance through the life stages." ($15,000)
2003-2004 International Flavors and Fragrances: "Emotion and Olfactory Perception." ($15,000)
Research Grants: Co-Investigator
1997-1998 Olfactory Research Fund: Collaborator with Gisela Epple, Ph.D. "The influence of odor-evoked memories on child behavior."
1997-1998 NIH/NIA Center Grant for CNLM, University of California, Irvine: Collaborator with Larry Cahill, Ph.D. "Emotional arousal, olfactory memory and the amygdala: Implications for understanding Alzheimer's disease."
2014-2018 NIH/NIDDK “Food Choices in Overweight & Normal Weight Adolescents―Sleep & Circadian Rhythms”. Role= Consultant. PI Mary Carskadon, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University Alpert Medical School. Providence RI. 1 R01 DK101046-01
2014-2018 NIH/NCI “An Olfactory Method for Controlling Cigarette Craving.” Role = Consultant. PI Michael Sayette, Ph.D., Department of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 1 R01 CA184779-01
Herz, R.S., Cunningham, C., White, T.L. (2018, in press). Individual differences and the 'selfish' relationship between empathy and disgust. American Journal of Psychology.
Herz, R.S., Van Reen, E., Barker, D., Hilditch, C., Bartz, A. & Carskadon, M.A. (2018). The influence of circadian timing on odor detection. Chemical Senses. 43, 45-51. doi:10.1093/chemse/bjx067
Ershadi, M., Russell, J.A. & Herz, R.S. (2017). The (non)-effect of induced emotion on desire for different types of foods. Food Quality and Preference, 62, 214-17. doi.org/10.1016/j.foodqual.2017.06.009
Herz, R. S. (2016). The role of odor-evoked memory in psychological and physiological health. Brain Sciences, 6(3),22. doi:10.3390/brainsci6030022.
Herz, R.S. (2016). Birth of a Neurogastronomy Nation: The inaugural symposium of the international society of neurogastronomy. Chemical Senses, 41, 101-103. doi:10.1093/chemse/bjv073
Sugiyama, H., Oshida, A., Thueneman, P., Littell, S., Katayama, A., Kashiwagi, M., Hikichi, S. & Herz, R.S. (2015). Proustian products are preferred: The relationship between odor-evoked memories and product evaluation. Chemosensory Perception. DOI: 10.1007/s12078-015-9182-y
Herz, R.S. (2014). Verbal priming and taste sensitivity make moral transgressions gross. Behavioral Neuroscience, 128, 20-28. DOI:10.1037/a0035468
Herz, R.S. (2014). Strohminger versus McGinn and the meaning of disgust. Emotion Review, 6, 218-219. DOI: 10.1177/1754073914523042
Herz, R.S. & Hinds, A. (2013). Stealing is not gross: Language distinguishes visceral disgust from moral violations. American Journal of Psychology, 126, 275-286. DOI: 10.5406/amerjpsyc.126.3.0275
Herz, R.S. (2011). PROP taste sensitivity is related to visceral but not moral disgust. Chemosensory Perception, 4, 72-79. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12078-011-9089-1
Herz, R.S. (2010). Trygg Engen: pioneer of olfactory psychology. Chemosensory Perception, 3, 135-136.
Herz, R.S. (2010). Trygg Engen. American Psychologist, 65, 294.
Herz, R.S. (2009). Basic processes in human olfactory cognition: Current questions and future directions. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1170, 313-317.
Herz, R.S. (2009). Aromatherapy facts and fictions: A scientific analysis of olfactory effects on mood, physiology and behavior. International Journal of Neuroscience, 119, 263-290.
Herz, R.S. (2005). Odor-associative learning and emotion: Effects on perception and behavior. Chemical Senses, 30, i250-i251.
Herz, R.S., Beland, S.L. & Hellerstein, M. (2004). Changing odor hedonic perception through emotional associations in humans. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 17, 315-339.
Herz, R.S., (2004). A comparison of autobiographical memories triggered by olfactory, visual and auditory stimuli. Chemical Senses, 29, 217-224.
Carskadon, M., & Herz, R.S. (2004). Minimal olfactory perception during sleep: Why odor alarms will not work for humans. Sleep, 27, 402-405.
Herz, R.S., Schankler, C. & Beland, S. (2004). Olfaction, emotion and associative learning: Effects on motivated behavior. Motivation and Emotion, 28, 363-383.
Herz, R.S., Eliassen, J.C., Beland, S.L., & T. Souza. (2004). Neuroimaging evidence for the emotional potency of odor-evoked memory. Neuropsychologia, 42, 371-378.
Herz, R.S. (2003). The effect of verbal context in olfactory perception. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 132, 595-606.
Herz, R.S., & Inzlicht, M. (2002). Gender differences in response to physical and social signals involved in human mate selection: The importance of smell for women. Evolution and Human Behavior, 23, 359-364.
Herz, R.S., & Schooler, J.W. (2002). A naturalistic study of autobiographical memories evoked to olfactory versus visual cues. American Journal of Psychology, 115, 21-32.
1989-1991 Ontario Graduate Student Scholarship
1991-1992 Life Sciences Graduate Degree Completion Award
1992-1994 NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship
1994 Ajinomoto USA Inaugural Award to Promising Young Scientists in the Chemical Senses
1998-2000 Morley R. Kare Fellow, Monell Chemical Senses Center
2002 Moskowitz Jacobs Award for Research Excellence in the Psychophysics of Taste and Smell
2004- Member of the Society of Sigma Xi
2004-2008 Distinguished Lecturer, Institute of Food Technologists 2018 Applied Neurogastronomy Challenge Gina A. Mullin Award
|Carskadon, Mary||Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior|
|McDermott, Rose||David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of International Relations|
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Part-time faculty, Psychology Department, Boston College
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