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Do perfume additives termed human pheromones warrant being termed pheromones?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2004 (English)In: Physiology and Behavior, ISSN 0031-9384, E-ISSN 1873-507X, Vol. 82, no 4, 697-701 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two studies of the effects of perfume additives, termed human pheromones by the authors, have conveyed the message that these substances can promote an increase in human sociosexual behaviour [Physiol. Behav. 75 (2003) RI; Arch. Sex. Behav. 27 (1998) P,2]. The present paper presents an extended analysis of this data. It is shown that in neither study is there a statistically significant increase in any of the sociosexual behaviours for the experimental groups. In the control groups of both studies, there are, however, moderate but statistically significant decreases in the corresponding behaviour. Most notably, there is no support in data for the claim that the substances increase the attractiveness of the wearers of the substances to the other sex. It is concluded that more research using matched homogenous groups of participants is needed.

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2004. Vol. 82, no 4, 697-701 p.
Keyword [en]
Adult, Data Interpretation; Statistical, Female, Humans, Male, Perfume/*pharmacology, Pheromones/*pharmacology, Research Design, Sexual Behavior/drug effects, Social Behavior
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Psychology Physiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-68529DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2004.06.006ISI: 000223803700014PubMedID: 15327919OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-68529DiVA: diva2:96440
Available from: 2005-03-01 Created: 2005-03-01 Last updated: 2016-09-23Bibliographically approved

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