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Human Pheromones – Fact or Fantasy?

Many have searched for the elusive human pheromone. What scientific evidence is there that lust, passion, and other human sexual responses are influenced by pheromones? Read More

Do food odors exist

"To establish that a human pheromone exists, we would need to demonstrate first, that the human body produces chemical secretions that have pheromonal properties; second, that we have the ability to detect these secretions when exposed to them; and third, that we respond to their presence in a consistent way (for example, by feeling increased levels of sexual desire or passion)."
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Similarly, to establish that a pleasant or unpleasant food odor exists we would need to first demonstrate consistency in our responses after we detected them. As an alternative, we could accept that the diversity of responses to pheromones across all species that produce them (e.g., all species on this planet), ensures that few individuals are likely to respond to the epigenetic effects of pheromones in precisely the same manner, since few individuals respond in precisely the same manner to the epigenetic effects of food odors on genetically predisposed behaviors. This does not mean there is no such thing as food odors, and it doesn't mean there is no such thing as human pheromones.

I think the answer is hidden

I think the answer is hidden in plain sight. We need to study aroma itself.

Civilization does wonders to warp the well-balanced creature, and it seems we have learned to tell ourselves that once was fragrant is now a stink.

Somewhere in the heat of passion all of that is forgotten, even by the most clinical and demanding of cleanliness, for a brief moment.

I think the answer is hidden

I think the answer is hidden in plain sight. We need to study aroma itself.

Civilization does wonders to warp the well-balanced creature, and it seems we have learned to tell ourselves that what once was fragrant is now a stink.

Somewhere in the heat of passion all of that is forgotten, even by the most clinical and demanding of cleanliness, for a brief moment.

Existing Research

The author fails to mention the body of research that indicates that scent plays a significant role in mate selection (MHC difference preference in particular), and menstrual cycle variation of scent preference. Admittedly, specific pheromone molecules have yet to be isolated, but the indirect evidence that such molecule exist is strong.

See http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200910/the-smell-love

Wedekind, C.; Seebeck, T., Bettens, F. and Paepke, A. J. (1995). "MHC-dependent mate preferences in humans". Proc Biol Sci 260 (1359)

Stern K, McClintock MK. Regulation of ovulation by human pheromones. Nature1998;

Gangestad SW, Thornhill R. Menstrual cycle variation in women's preferences for the scent of symmetrical men. Proc R Soc Lond B Biol Sci1998;

Anosmic love?

I'm not sure if this is something completely different or that love is also anosmiac to your partner's body odor as well as blind but I find it impossible to distinguish my partner's clean clothes from dirty clothes.

I have to leave it to him to put into the wash basket because whenever I smell a worn t-shirt, I find it a pleasant smell but then he smells it and is disgusted with his "horrific body odor".

Does anyone else experience this?

Pheromone research has been

Pheromone research has been around for decades, and there are countless studies on the phenomena. This article doesn't seem very well research, even a simple Google search could bring up some reputable studies.

I have several resources for anyone interested in pheromone use on my own website: Pheromone Pro

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Since 1996, Pheromones.com has been the only source for accurate information on human pheromones during times that the concept has been repeatedly bastardized by those whose only interest is making money via false claims of cause and effect.

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Pamela Regan, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Cal State Los Angeles. She is the author of Close Relationships (Routledge).

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