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Background: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with olfactory impairments (Suzuki et al., 2003) and high rates of social dysfunction (Hadijikhani et al., 2005). Research suggests that there is a relationship between olfactory impairments and socail dysfunction in autism (Thye et al., 2018). However, the relation between olfaction and social function in a normative adult population has yet to be studied. This two-part study aims to address this gap by investigating relations between olfaction and social function in undergraduate students. Methods: 200 participants will complete eight questionnaires about their social preferences, experiences, feeling of socail experiences and importance of smell. Additionally, participants will undergo testing of odor detection sensitivity, identification, and hedonic response to odor and complete two tasks that access decision making and social navigation. It is hypothesized that odor identification scores will be positively correlated with social function and that females will outperform their male counterparts in both olfactory and social navigation tasks. Keywords: Olfaction, Social Function, Autism
Julie Walsh Messinger
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Social Experiences and Smell" (2019). Stander Symposium Posters. 1442.