Committee Chair

Ozbek, I. Nicky

Committee Member

Ross, David F.; Foerder, Preston; Elwell, Jeffrey; Walker, Randy

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

While there is evidence for a decline in olfactory identification scores for patients with Kidney Disease, there are contradictory results for detection thresholds. Some results indicate higher thresholds while others found similar thresholds or elevated thresholds for one odorant, but not others. The current study evaluated the olfactory abilities with participants diagnosed with Kidney Disease for numerous odorants. No significant differences were found in olfactory identification, detection thresholds, or sensitivity compared to healthy controls. Despite the non-significant results, there did appear a trend of poorer olfactory abilities in Kidney Disease participants. The differences in olfactory performance also varied from odorant to odorant which indicates that a standardized set of odorants should be used when assessing threshold detection scores in the Kidney Disease population.

Acknowledgments

I would first like to acknowledge the committee members. Without them, this work would not be completed. It is them that I owe the continued push and support needed to keep going. Additionally, acknowledgements are needed for the individuals working at SERRI who welcomed my involvement in the project. I would also like to acknowledge the classmates and faculty members with whom I worked with throughout my tenure at UTC. Without them, grad school would not have been so memorable nor enjoyable. Lastly, I would like to thank those involved in the Olfactory and Chemistry Lab. Without their foundation, support, and sacrifice, completing the data collection process would not have been possible.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2014

Subject

Smell -- Threshold; Odors -- Psychological aspects

Keyword

Olfaction; Identification; Thresholds; Sensitivity; Kidney disease

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

xii, 69 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Date Available

12-31-2015

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