In humans, smell is also the dominant sense

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Perfume could be the riskiest gift you’ll ever buy

February 13 2015 by

1) S Craig Roberts: Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of Stirling

2) Caroline Allen: PhD Candidate

3) Kelly Cobey: Honourary Researcher (Psychology: Hormones and Behaviour) at University of Stirling

Excerpt: “Smell is the dominant sense in many animals, including humans, and meetings between individuals usually begin with a period of intense mutual sniffing.”

My comment: That fact has not been acknowledged by most researchers.

It is great to finally see an article that does not claim our sense of smell is less important than other senses.

Perhaps now people will be encouraged to discuss the role of human pheromones in the same context as food odors. Chemical ecology epigenetically links effects on hormones to the affects of hormones on behavior via conserved molecular mechanisms that also link physics, chemistry, and information during life history transitions.

See for example: Honey bees as a model for understanding mechanisms of life history transitions

Excerpt: “In this review we discuss the physiological and genetic mechanisms of this behavioral transition, which include large scale changes in hormonal activity, metabolism, flight ability, circadian rhythms, sensory perception and processing, neural architecture, learning ability, memory and gene expression.”

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