DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY- HUMAN BEHAVIOR RESEARCH | pheromones
|Pheromones are highly volatile substances which have an effect either behavioral or hormonal on an individual who perceives them. There are two different types. One type is called "signalling" pheromones i.e. substances which result in a direct observable change of behavior. The other type of pheromones is called "primer pheromones". This type has a long term effect on the receiver, presumably by changing his/her hormonal state. It is specific for pheromones, in comparison to other signals, that they act directly on the brain and that it is not possible to withdraw from their perception. Although there is considerable controversy about the existence of these effects in humans, we started research in this direction several years ago, because pheromones could have direct effects in interactions between strangers in big cities. These effects reach extend from the area of mate-selection to possible mass-phenomena like panic reactions.
The application of sweat collection pads used in bioassays in the axillary region.
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