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Complex Human Pheromones

April 13 2015 , Written by Mark Pommett Published on #pheromones

Humans are more complex than insects and the chemicals inside sweat meet many of the criteria of pheromones.  There’s strong evidence that it affects mood in women. Unfortunately, there are not enough people working on the chemistry of what s in the sweat to determine what it is.  The absence of the data does not mean it does not exist.
I think you can argue t both ways. We don’t know a lot about the science of smell and nobody has been able to point out that pheromones are in humans according to http://thongchaimedical.org/?p=176.

I think you have to stretch the concept to fit humans. There is no doubt that humans release attractants and chemical signals.  

They may have played a role in evolution too. 
It is hard to prove instinct in animal behavior. We won’t want to stretch the concept beyond any utility at all. I think we peaked on the definition.  The research will keep on going and we will find great new stuff about them but I think the concept is done.
We need to better understand the information content of smell which we do not know a lot about.  We think about a few compounds but the body is releasing 500 to 600 molecules. 

Combinations of molecules have information content that we need to understand. I think the stimulus is real and response is real but it does not make sense to essentially call it pheromones as described here.  A lot of is up to interpretation and concepts. 
What is the pheromone role in this? 
I think the pheromone deniers are setting humans aside from all other animals and we still believe humans use social signals. 
Let’s try the scent test. Trying putting some Pherazone on your wrist and see if women are attracted to you. By all accounts they do work and they do make women flock to you.

This is because Pherazone contains a super powerful formula that is made in  an FDA approved laboratory. Many pheromone products have been in development for over 15 years and are formulated to exponentially make you more attractive.  It just goes to show that they do work. 
Humans are specifially attracted to sex pheromones released by their armpits.  

We want to study how this is occurring at a genetic level.  We know that the chemical is released through sweat and it sends chemical messages to the neurons in their head. 
When they sense this pheromones they become aroused and approach other women to copulate.  This is when they actually emerge again. 
How are they actually doing that sensing?
We don’t really know. We tried to identify this gene and what we did is since we know humans are very attracted to androstenol we looked for humans that do not sense them.  By looking for a nematode that doesn’t do the sensing were assuming we must be missing something genetically. If you can find out what’s missing that tells you what gene is doing the sensing normally. The reason why we did the study this way is you want to find a gene that is really responsible.

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