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Humans and the Sense of Smell

Even though we might not be aware ofthis all the time, smell is one of our most important senses, highlyconnected with many behavioral patterns and emotions we are prone to.Namely, a single smell of a new washing detergent you have bought mayremind you of the same one your grandmother has used, bringing backall the memories of joy and childhood happiness. However at the sametime, smell of fire burning may force you to relive the near-deathexperience you might have had earlier etc. Basically, the smells weare capable of noticing actively influence us greatly. Yet,amazingly, there are smells which we cannot sense consciously, whilestill being quite influenced by them. These smells are calledpheromones and are usually connected with sexual attraction and manyother occasions related to this aspect of human existence.

We have noticed pheromones in animalssince long time ago. They use them to attract each other, for matingpurposes and many other things. What is more, many insects on thehigher degree of the food chain use pheromones of their pray toattract them and thereby ambush them. All the importance ofpheromones has therefore made us think about ones of our own. Dothese exist? And if these do exist, how can pheromones affect us?

Humans and Their Pheromones

This area of human biology andpsychology is still under research and a lot of things aboutpheromones are still left unknown. Still, we know that the notion ofbeing sexy and attractive is highly connected to pheromones. Namely,both men and women are capable of detecting the smell of one another,even though this process is not done on a conscious level, and getattracted sexually due to the influence of some of these smells.

Speaking of homosexual preferences andthe choices of these people, certain researches have shown that, forexample, homosexual males pick up on the same male pheromones asheterosexual women do. Also, while a woman is ovulating, she emitsthis through a specific scent, which other males may notice anddesire sexual intercourse for “mysterious” reasons.

Finally, since we desire to make moneyout of every single thing, there were theories that pheromones can besynthetically made and used for attracting other people. However,spraying something onto you may be less efficient than, let's say,letting your natural scent overwhelm the senses of your desiredindividual.

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