Have you ever smelled a certain perfume or scent and immediately been transported back to another time or place in your life?
My best memories were my teenage years, highly influenced by music and films. A study has suggested that the teenage brain is more sensitive and therefore better at absorbing new memories.
Why do scent's trigger memories?
The smell and memory are so closely linked because the anatomy of the brain allows olfactory signals get to the limbic system very quickly. Memories associated with smells tend to be older and thought about less often, meaning the recollection is very vivid when it happens
Let's take you back to the 80s with our top 20 smells -
- Freshly-cut grass
- Certain meals being cooked – like Bolognese or a roast dinner
- Matey Bubble Bath
- The smell of school
- Your mother’s perfume
- Pencil shavings
- Your grandparents’ house
- Burnt hair in the crimper
- The smell of paints – oil, acrylic, poster
- An old teddy bear/blanket
- Plastic Halloween masks
- Strawberry Shortcake
- Packaging from a new toy/video game
We would love to know what your favourite scent and memories are, leave a comment below.