Emotion and Odor Scales


EOS family, a set of scales used to measure specific feelings elicited via olfactory stimulation in different cultures.








When citing the EOS, the appropriate citations are (depending on the country):

Ferdenzi, C., Delplanque S., Barbosa P., Court K., Guinard J. X., Guo T., et al. (2013).  Affective semantic space of scents. Towards a universal scale to measure self-reported odor- related feelings. Food Quality and Preference. 30, 128-138.
Ferdenzi, C., Schirmer A., Roberts S. C., Delplanque S., Porcherot C., Cayeux I., et al. (2011).  Affective dimensions of odor perception: A comparison between Swiss, British, and Singaporean populations. Emotion. 11(5), 1168-1181.
Chrea, C., Grandjean D., Delplanque S., Cayeux I., Le Calvé B., Aymard L., et al. (2009).  Mapping the semantic space for the subjective experience of emotional responses to odors. Chemical Senses. 34(1), 49-62.
Comparison with other scales:
Delplanque, S., Chrea C., Grandjean D., Ferdenzi C., Cayeux I., Porcherot C., et al. (2012).  How to map the affective semantic space of scents. Cognition and Emotion. 26(5), 885-898.

Supplementary information available in:

Ferdenzi, C., Roberts, S. C., Schirmer, A., Delplanque, S., Cekic, S., Porcherot, C., Cayeux, I., Sander, D., Grandjean, D. (2013) Variability of affective responses to odors: Culture, gender and olfactory knowledge. Chemical Senses 38(2), 175-186.
Porcherot, C., Delplanque S., Raviot-Derrien S., Le Calvé B., Chrea C., Gaudreau N., et al. (2010).  How do you feel when you smell this? Optimization of a verbal measurement of odor-elicited emotions. Food Quality and Preference. 21, 938–947.

The scales are being developed and distributed by the NCCR Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva. The scales are available in French (Geneva), English (Liverpool and Singapore, USA [Davis and Fayetteville]), Chinese (Beijing) and in Portuguese (Campinas).

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