New Garments Use Scents to Enhance Memory
Jenny Tillotson, is a senior research fellow in Fashion and Textile Design at the University of the Arts, London, who has been working on a scent-augmented wardrobe could alter the wearer”²s mind for the better.
The scented clothes could help elderly minds stay sharp. The smell provokes memory more directly than any other sense, and the deterioration of the sense of smell during the aging process speeds along dementia in the elderly. By linking scent sensors and fragrance emission, clothing could replicate smells associated with loved ones, cherished activities or places. Pumping up those smells could trigger an elderly wearer’s memory and allow them to more easily remember how to get home or the name of an acquaintance.