Thats one of the findings sniffed out by Dr. Alan Hirsch of the Chicago-based Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation.
Hirsch made participating bowlers play while wearing unodorized surgical masks, as well as those perfumed with jasmine.
Incredibly, the players knocked down 1.8 more pins per frame when sniffing the jasmine.
Hirsch is unsure why the odor has such a sporting effect but theorizes that the jasmine somehow improves hand-eye coordination, reduces fatigue or just plain enhances moods.
Theres another, stinkier theory: Hirsch admits the jasmine possibly masks the underlying stench of the bowling alley.
No word on whether rented jasmine masks will become as common on the lanes as rented shoes, but Hirsch is currently studying if certain scents can improve performance in soccer, basketball and baseball.
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