The Olfactory System. By: Stewart Diaz. Function. The olfactory system is pretty much the system you use to detect odor. The mechanism the system uses is can be divided into a peripheral part and a central part.
By: Stewart Diaz
Your nose is very sensitive since you can smell millions of tiny particles. The Olfactory System is able to detect over 10,000 types of odors, and your sense of smell is able to distinguish poisonous odors. For example smoke bothers your sense of smell and can kill you. But there are also things that you can not smell that are really poisonous, for example carbon monoxide, which you can’t smell but can also kill you.
The Olfactory Bulb is the part of the Olfactory System that sends what it is you smell to the brain. The first part of the system to detect odors the cilia, if an odor matches the cilia, an electrical surge is sent from the Olfactory Receptor to the Synapes. This current goes through the process in which the current goes through the Glomerutus which is what codes the surge what odor it is and then to the Mitral Cell here the coded signal is sent through the Axons, which is what connects the Cerebral Cortex to the Olfactory Bulb. The coded current is sent to the Cerebral Cortex, which is the place where your memories of odor are which is why you know what it is your smelling.