I Smell Memories

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Technical Explanation: I Smell Memories…
Purpose: To inform my audience about the connection of smells to memories.
Audience Analysis: This process is difficult to this particular group of students because most of this class consist of business majors so most likely the highest biology class they have completed is BIO 1101. This information, which I will present in a cause/effect structure, is complex and involves critical thinking.
I. “Six years ago, on an early morning in September, Molly Birnbaum was out for her regular jog when she was hit by a car. Her pelvis was shattered, her skull fractured, her knee torn. Yet for her, the most serious damage was far less visible: she lost her sense of smell. Birnbaum, now 29, was an aspiring chef, and the loss meant the end of her career. It also meant something else, something that was potentially even more life-changing. "I felt like I lost a dimension of my memory," she says. "It made me worried about the future. If I couldn't smell ever again, was I losing this important layer”? (Konnikova)
A. This was a story told by Maria Konnikova.
B. She is a contributing writer for The New Yorker with a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University told this story in an article called, “Smells like Old Times”.
II. After reading this article I started thinking about how certain smells trigger different memories.
A. Like how the smell of Beautiful, a perfume by Estee Lauder, reminds me of my great grandma’s house and her trying to cover up the smell of cigarettes when we’d surprise visit her.
B. Or how the smell of tea bags reminds me of the year my family made these cute tea-bag dyed pillows on Thanksgiving.
C. I could go on and on about certain aromas that trigger memories. Sometimes they are memories that I consciously didn’t even think I knew.
D. We all experience this phenomenon whether its perfume,…...

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