A study some 20 years ago made waves by suggesting that men and women chose mates because they could literally smell genes of the opposite sex. They were then able to make a more potent cocktail for any resulting children, with better genes added in.: MHC-dependent mate preferences in humans.
The Royal Society came up with the same conclusions:
Remarkably, exposure to MHC peptide ligands activated specific brain regions, indicating that humans, despite lacking a functional vomeronasal organ , possess the sensory facility to recognize the presence of MHC-associated olfactory cues.
The vomeronasal organ is found only in some animals, including dogs.We are making decisions without the physical organs to do so! (Interestingly, this organ is present very early on, but disappears in fetal development.)
Maybe not! A recent study in Science says we perform pretty darn well in being able to sniff out odors. In fact, we’re about in the middle of all the animals!
Like other mammals, humans can distinguish among an incredible number of odors and can even follow outdoor scent trails.
Of course, we kind of knew this. Most of us use the smell sense every single day to make choices. And who hasn’t used this to make decisions in romantic relationships, even though some of us don’t admit it?
So use the sniff test.
As for me, I admit it – I like the smell of dogs, men, and also, honestly, the smell of money.
Have you made romantic decisions based on smell? Let us know in the comments!
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