Jim Kohl jkohl at
Fri Feb 7 00:16:46 EST 1997

In article <5d4fgi$1g0 at>, drh92 at says...

>The actual research on the pheromones is more clouded, though. Several 
>studies exist; most are dubious either in methodology or results, or 
>have too few results to be statistically very significant.

Then again, how many studies and of what type would it take to convince 
the skeptics. I've seen fit to extend the mammalian model of 
olfactory-hormonal-behavioral reciprocity to humans. I continue to be 
amazed with any lack of acceptance for so doing. That is, since when 
doesn't a mammalian model of something appear to extend well to humans? 
It appears that when someone starts talking/writing about the influence 
of pheromones on human sexuality, the animal link requires more proof 
than can be provided via a human study. Our response to chemosensory 
stimuli is, after all, aquired over a lifetime of experience, which makes 
it difficult to control for many other influences if one attempts to 
prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that human pheromones have powerful 
effects on human behavior.

Jim Kohl 

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