Was: Teresa's S/O and G/O hypothesis Now: PHEREMONES?

Jim Kohl jkohl at vegas.infi.net
Fri Mar 22 01:52:31 EST 1996


In article <mike.lowndes-2103961243440001 at mac3.anat.ox.ac.uk>, 
mike.lowndes at anat.ox.ac.uk says...

>It depends what you mean by 'smell'. Pheremones may work via olfactory
>receptors but may not have an odour. Pheremones are small molecules that
>should diffuse through mucus.
>Also, in other species, the amount of pheremone necessary to trigger a
>response is far below what would be thought of as an odour by humans, 
cos
>we have a poor sense of smell. 
>Anyone seen any experimental evidence?

Yes.

Monti-Bloch et al (1995) The human vomeronasal system. 
Psychoneuroendocrinology 19: 673-686. "...the adult human VNO is a 
functional chemosensory organ with a sexually dimorphic specificity and 
the ability to transduce signals which modulate certain autonomic 
parameters."

Jim Kohl
author--The Scent of Eros: Mysteries of Odor in Human Sexuality




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