When we have a head cold, our brain works overtime to make sure our sense of smell is just as sharp when our stuffed nose clears up.
“It also implies that deprivation has a significant impact on the brain, rather than on the nose itself,” says lead author Keng Nei Wu, a graduate student in neuroscience at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
“More knowledge about how the system reacts to short-term deprivation may provide new insights into how to deal with this problem in a chronic context.”
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