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My research showed that memories triggered by smells are much more emotional and vivid than a memory triggered by any other sense. This is because “the act of smelling activates the amygdala-hippocampal complex, which processes emotional experience and emotional memory.” [3] This was the reason why I wanted to capitalize on our sense of smell in order to allow people to have a more evocative recollection. Before I began my own development I looked into other products that utilized smell.

The Smell Memory Kit uses “8 selected smells as motivational elements to evoke and share autobiographical episodic stories among addition care clients...” and led to the realization that smell could be used as a stimulant and can “facilitate a means of bringing the past back into the present.” [1]

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