2014 年 13 巻 4 号 p. 227-233
We investigated the memory task performance and the central nervous activity after smelling two kinds of pan-fired Japanese green tea to examine their physical and psychological effects. Twenty eight subjects participated in this study. We used Koushun and Kouju for test samples, which were made by different manufacturing processes. After smelling each odor sample, a memory task and an arithmetic task were used to test mental stress. Electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded before and after smelling the test samples, and EEG activity was estimated for 4 frequency bands (alpha 1, alpha 2, beta 1 and beta 2). The profiles of mood states (POMS) and the visual analog scale (VAS) after mental stress task were completed for subjective assessments. The results showed that the odor of Kouju may induce a positive emotion. It may also affect the EEG band power of beta 1 at right frontal region and improve memory task performance.