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Hans Henning classified odors into by six primary odors, the dimensions of his "smell prism". He suggested that any olfactory stimulus could occupy a position in this three-dimensional space.

  • Flowery
  • Foul
  • Fruity
  • Spicy
  • Burnt
  • Resinous

See alsoEdit



  • Henning, H. (1916) Der Geruch. Barth, Leipzig.


  • Dimmick, F.L. (1922) A note on Henning’s smell series. Am. J. Psychol., 33, 423–25.
  • Findley, A.E. (1924) Further studies of Henning’s system of olfactory qualities. Am. J. Psychol., 35, 436–445
  • Macdonald, M.K. (1922) An experimental study of Henning’s system of olfactory qualities. Am. J. Psychol., 33, 321–35.

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