Rose fragrance boosts learning success, study finds

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  • Researchers from Germany have found that the scent of a rose helps improve learning success
  • They conducted an experiment among two groups of 6th grade classes to find out if putting rose scented fragrance sticks while studying, sleeping, and taking an exam improves learning
  • Students showed a significant increase in learning success by about 30% if the incense sticks were used during both in the learning and sleeping phases

Are you having a hard time remembering all the lessons you studied a night before your examination?

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A new study conducted by German researchers has found that the scent of a rose helps improve learning success. University of Freiburg-Medical Center said that Franziska Neumann facilitated the experiment to 54 students from two 6th grade classes in a school in Lake Constance in Southern Germany.

The students were asked to put rose scented fragrance sticks on their desks at home while they are studying English vocabulary and on their bedside table at night. In another experiment, they were also instructed to put the scented sticks on the table near them while they were taking the vocabulary test.

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“The students showed a significant increase in learning success by about 30 percent if the incense sticks were used during both in the learning and sleeping phases,” Neumann said, adding that the results showed that the additional use of fragrance sticks in the vocabulary test boosted memory.

While previous studies showed that using scent to boost memory can only be effective when done during a sensitive sleep phase, this study’s leader Dr. Jürgen Kornmeier said that they found that the findings are suitable for everyday use.

“It was particularly impressive that the scent also works when it is present all night. This makes the findings suitable for everyday use,” Kornmeier said. “Our study shows that we can make learning during sleep easier. And who would have thought that our nose could help considerably in this.”