Smell is an extremely potent sense, particularly when it comes to attraction. But why do certain people tend to smell more pleasant to us than others? The explanation, it turns out, involves some hormonal games, especially to do with pheromones.
Firstly, what are pheromones? It is a substance produced by animals and people that affect and influence the behaviour of other animals and humans of the same species. Pheromones are hormones that are secreted outside the body, as opposed to other hormones that are produced within. According to research, they are also released by the skin, sweat glands, saliva, and urine.
For the sake of this article, we’re particularly interested in the function pheromones play in our attraction to one another and our behaviour. In short, it’s all about the DNA. The reason that some people smell unappealing to you could be due to the fact the your DNA is similar. Scientists conducted several investigations and discovered that T-shirts from persons with different DNA than their own smell nicer to the majority of people. Essentially, our bodies defend us from procreating with folks who share our DNA by making them ‘’stink’’.
So, what if someone smells damn good to us at first, but then smells bad later on? The reason for this is that pheromones alter as we age. Take, for example, the scent of a newborn: sweet and powdery, right? As we become older, certain hormones are secreted inside and scented outwardly. According to studies, younger individuals do not find the scents of elderly people appealing. So, in the example above, if you are both around the same age and you age together, you will most likely remain attracted to their fragrance.
Pheromones may cause a wide range of actions in both animals and humans. Some examples include the attachment between a mother and her offspring, alerting other animals to back off, danger, sexual desire, and whether or not there is food nearby.
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