Professors who do cool things: Dr. Rachel Herz

After taking to the streets in search of students and alums who do cool things, we have pushed forward to the new frontier: professors. Though we expect our professors to be brilliant, sometimes we don’t realize that they’re also pretty cool

Have you ever hesitated to dig into an appetizer at an exotic restaurant because of its odor? Sure, it looked delicious in print…but now Ratty take-out doesn’t seem so bad. Ever wonder why smell can either make or break a deal when it comes to food? Dr. Rachel Herz’s new book explores that phenomenon and more as she seeks to explain our varied reactions to the emotion of disgust. BlogDH got all the deets from Dr. Herz herself.

Dr. Herz, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the psychology of smell. Her research is focused on the sense of smell and emotion, and more recently, the emotion of disgust in particular. And if you’ve been reading the Wall Street Journal or using your nifty WashPo Social Reader recently, you’ll notice that her new book, That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, has been getting a lot of attention.  Continue Reading