Psychology Wiki

Zwaardemaker olfactometer

34,203pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Assessment | Biopsychology | Comparative | Cognitive | Developmental | Language | Individual differences | Personality | Philosophy | Social |
Methods | Statistics | Clinical | Educational | Industrial | Professional items | World psychology |

Biological: Behavioural genetics · Evolutionary psychology · Neuroanatomy · Neurochemistry · Neuroendocrinology · Neuroscience · Psychoneuroimmunology · Physiological Psychology · Psychopharmacology (Index, Outline)

A Zwaardemaker olfractometer, a type of tube for regulating the amount of a gaseous odorant as it is introduced into the nose. The amount of odour being calibrated by the length of the tube. This was a device developed in 1888 by the Dutch physiologist, Hendrick Zwaardemaker who also developed the Zwaardemaker smell system.

This was the standard, apparatus for determining olfactory thresholds. The apparatus consists of a short pipe, made of odorless kaolin (a kind of clay), which can be placed in the nose. To prevent outside smells interfering, the odorants are held within a metal cylinder.


See alsoEdit

Methods in smell perception research


  • Gamble,E. A.(1921), Der Geruch by Hans Henning.American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 32, No. 2 pp. 290-295
  • Kruger,L.,Feldzamen,A.N.and Miles,W.R (1955). A Scale for Measuring Supra-Threshold Olfactory Intensity.American Journal of Psychology, Vol. 68, No. 1 pp. 117-123

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

Also on Fandom

Random Wiki