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They must be connected. I think we see this the most in dreams, and how they can be more lucid by our surroundings. You wake to find a song playing on the radio that was playing on a radio in your dream, or maybe you were singing it in a concert in your dream. You wake to the smell of something burning, from a dream where something was on fire. My friends tell me this happens to them all the time. It definately happens to me.

Also, there are certain scents that completely visualize a memory for me. It has been so long since I've even seen one of my ex-girlfriends - about five years - and even longer since we started dating, and even longer since she wore a certain perfume. It's a rare one, but every time I smell it, I can picture her completely - not just face, but body structure, clothing, hairstyle... I can even feel the air around me from that day on the bleechers. So yes, as far as I have read, heard, and experienced first-hand, smell can evoke other parts of memory.

wow...you had me so wrapped up in the moment, i nearly skipped the part about the bleachers.

yeah, some visual aspect associated with smell memory are very clear...like remembering a person. i wonder though if smell can help you remember things that are associated to more logic and processing or if it can only help you recall an experience. if i light a candle that smells like rosemary while i study and train myself a with a couple whiffs, will i remember what i felt like or the light in the room or the page i was on or will i actually remember what was on the page and how it relates to everything else i am learning.


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