Daniel McCall, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented "The Effect of Semantic Cues
on Odor Identification in Children and Adults" at the meetings of the Society for Research in Child
Development in Denver, CO, on April 3, 2009. The study, conducted with co-authors Nathalie
Goubet, Associate Professor of Psychology; Megan Eberly '08; and Jennifer Ducz '11,
explored the reasons children and adults have difficulty naming familiar odors. The authors
concluded that the difficulty stems from poor associations between odors and their labels in
semantic memory, rather than from weaknesses in odor discrimination and detection.