We wish to express our appreciation to Jodi Weiss and Jill Thomley for their able assistance in collection of the data.
A Whiff of Reality: Empirical Evidence Concerning the Effects of Pleasant Fragrances on Work-Related Behavior1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 24, Issue 13, pages 1179–1203, July 1994
How to Cite
Baron, R. A. and Bronfen, M. I. (1994), A Whiff of Reality: Empirical Evidence Concerning the Effects of Pleasant Fragrances on Work-Related Behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 24: 1179–1203. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1994.tb01550.x
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Two studies were conducted to investigate the potential effects on workrelated behavior of one environmental variable: pleasant fragrances. In Study 1, participants performed a word construction task under low or high stress while in the presence or absence of pleasant fragrances. Performance was significantly enhanced by fragrance in both stress conditions. In addition, exposure to pleasant fragrances significantly increased performance on an additional task (decoding written messages) completed by participants following exposure to stress. In Study 2, both exposure to pleasant fragrances and receipt of a small gift increased performance on the same word construction task used in Study 1. In addition, fragrance and a gift increased participants' willingness to engage in both immediate and delayed helping. Together, the results of these studies offer support for the view that pleasant fragrances can influence work-related behavior, and that such effects may be mediated, at least in part, by increments in positive affect.