Pamela Dalton

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Pamela Dalton is a cognitive psychologist. She has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology and a Masters in Public Health. Dalton is frequently quoted by the popular press as an authority on environmental odors.[1]

She is most notable for her contributions to the research toward the fields of sick building syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity.[2][3][4] In the past she has worked with the United States Department of Defense on nonlethal weapons development, or the enhancement of bad odors as weapons.[5][6][7] She currently works at the Monell Chemical Senses Center.

She also was a contributor to the NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function (, as a member of the NIH Toolbox steering committee and the Olfaction team, developing the NIH Toolbox Odor Identification Test.[8][9] The contract for the NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function ( was initiated by the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research ( in 2006 to develop a set of state-of-the-art measurement tools to enhance collection of data in large cohort studies in biomedical research.[10][11]


  1. ^ Szabo, Julia (2001-04-01). "THE HOME FRONT; A Nose With An Eye". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-21.
  2. ^ Dalton, Pamela (1996), Odor Perception and Beliefs about Risk, Monell Chemical Senses Center: Chemical Senses
  3. ^ Dalton, Pamela; Doolittle, Nadine (2002), Gender-specific induction of enhanced sensitivity to odors, Monell Chemical Senses Center: Nature Neuroscience, archived from the original on May 25, 2011
  4. ^ Bouchez, Colette, Fragrance Allergies: A Sensory Assault, retrieved 2008-08-06
  5. ^ Kahn, Jennifer (May 22, 2001), "Aroma Therapy: In The Military, It's Known As 'Nonlethal Weapons Development'", The San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved 2008-08-06
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  7. ^ Schopen, Fay (2008-06-11), Pamela Dalton - creator of the world's nastiest smell, London: Times Online, retrieved 2008-08-09
  8. ^ Dalton P, Mennella JA, Cowart BJ, Maute C, Pribitkin EA, Reilly JS. Evaluating the Prevalence of Olfactory Dysfunction in a Pediatric Population. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 2009;1170(1):537-542.
  9. ^ Dalton P, Mennella JA, Maute C, Castor SM, Silva-Garcia A, Slotkin J. Development of a test to evaluate olfactory function in a pediatric population. Laryngoscope. 2011;121(9):1843-1850.
  10. ^ National Institutes of Health.NIH Toolbox is open. A new set of tools to help scientists measure the ways we think, move, feel and sense the world is ready for use in studies.... NIH Record newsletter, October 26th 2012
  11. ^ Talan, Jamie. New NIH Toolbox Rolled Out for Standardized Behavioral and Clinical Assessment Measures.Neurology Today. 2012; 12(21):7

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