Concussion-increased senseof smell

x011 at Lehigh.EDU x011 at Lehigh.EDU
Thu Aug 3 11:27:03 EST 1995

In article <rambis.807389448 at>, rambis at (Pa
ul L Pearson) writes:
>A friend of mine got hit in occipital with a very hard-thrown softball
>last week.  Of course, he saw a brilliant flash of light and was out for
>a few seconds.  He had a concussion and felt very detached for a couple
>of days and his senses (esp. fast focus vision) were dulled.  During
>that time, however, his sense of smell was extremely acute, being able
>to pick up perfume from 30 feet, alfalfa fields from a half a mile
>driviing down the road, etc.  Does anyone have a good explanation for
>the mechanism behind this phenomenon??
>Paul L. "Pro" Pearson
>President, Kurt Rambis Fan Club (unofficial)
>Ames, IA Chapter
It is not likely that he is MORE acute in his sense of smell.  The
opponent signal for learned odors is likely to have been damaged
resulting in the report of a Stronger signal.

If you block the nerves going from the tongue on one side - sweets
, sour, and bitter will increase in strength when the stimulus
is given to the other side of the tongue.

Logic tells us the strenght should have been reduced in half.
So logic tell us your friend should be able to smell only half
as well when he can unexpecte smell TWICE as well.

Using wavelets as carriers of information with data store as two
signals - an activating signal and an opponent signal then when
one of the signals is blocked as in the case of your friend
a weak signal can LOGICALLY double in strength because of the
failure of the opponent signal system.

Ron Blue
rcb1 at
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