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Perception of Smell In Primary School Children: Senses, Emotions, Memory, Learning

Primož Hvala Kamenšček
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM

The article presents the influence of smell on the interpersonal relationships between students at school. The following are presented: (1) perception of smell and expression of disgust from a cultural anthropo-logical perspective; (2) the psychology of interactions between children and adolescents, which unequiv-ocally express how they perceive everyday smells from the environment; and (3) the teacher's percep-tion of the student's smell on a conscious or unconscious level and consequently the impact on his behav-ior, perception and attitude towards the student and the impact on the quality of the educational pro-cess. We are interested in the implicit and explicit perception of smell and its expression on a symbolic and linguistic level. The analysis of smell perceptions in school is based on the empirical sample (1) of 200 children (primary school children) in two age groups (6 years – 10 years and 11 years – 16 years) and (2) 50 primary school teachers. At the same time, the method of direct observation of children was used. Findings: The results show that children establish hierarchical relationships based on smell and exclude peers with bad smell, which is a result of learned hygiene patterns and poor living conditions.



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