Pheromones can Alter Behavior in Humans

Posted on Thursday 16 July 2009

There is a lot of research currently being conducted concerning pheromones and the role they play in human behavior. It has long been established that many insects, birds and animals are equipped with pheromones to excite or alter a specific behavior due to the scent emitted by the chemicals. For example, ants have been shown to use a natural chemical to mark the path between a food source and their nest for them and others to follow when returning with food.

Research has shown that pheromones are chemical scents that alter the behavior in those that come into contact with the specific scent. For example in many species the female emits a scent to let the males know they are ready for breeding. Also the males emit a scent to let females know they are available.

Pheromones were first discovered in the insect world. Later scientists have discovered pheromones in mammals as well as humans. Recent research shows that human beings do emit natural chemicals through their sweat glands that alter certain behavior. Some of the scents have no effect on others while other do effect sexual behavior.

Different Scents Spark Different Responses

In the animal world there are many different types of pheromones. Many dogs and cats, for example use chemical scents in their urine to mark their territory. It is common in houses with more than one animal as they will stake out their ground for other animals within the home making it clear who is the boss. Plants also use alarm pheromones to warn that danger exists to other plants. The plants picking up the warning will then release chemicals to make them less appetizing for bugs.

Releaser pheromones are used by some species in the animal work that can attract members of the opposite sex up to two miles away. Typically, this is used by females of the species to attract males and although its attractant initially is strong, it wear off quickly. Other attractants are meant to attract the males within a much closer range and initially is not as strong, but will linger in the air longer.

Some animals such as boars emit pheromones to find a willing mate. The males will send the chemicals into the air in a cloud form over a group of sows. They then for the reaction of the sows and those that react to the scent are indicating they are ready to mate. Depending on the strength of the chemical released the male can usually have their choice of available sows, but some sows may be more ready and willing than others and begin to fight for the opportunity.

Studies Indicate that Humans Are Affected by Pheromones

Recent studies in have found that pheromones create a strong attraction to members of the opposite sex, and this research is the foundation for marketing many products claiming to work for humans as well. While perfume and colognes have been used for many years to make people more attractive, the idea creating the same desire in people as in animals, is very tempting.

Just as every person is different in their chemical make up, pheromones on humans will take on an aroma unique to the person wearing the scent. While the scent, straight out of the bottle may smell the same, or have no odor, it will represent a different scent on each different person wearing the pheromones.

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