Psychophysics experiments incorporate obvious generalizations that are due to very low biological variability across different species of organisms. Obviously, one need not reinvent the wheel when common sense dictates that olfaction is a common sense across all mammalian species that sexually reproduce, and that pheromones influence the behavior of all these species.
Preferences for the pheromones of others do not suddenly appear with pubertal changes in hormones. They develop from birth, and some interesting changes in our preferences occur at the time we begin to produce pheromones.
Information here, from the human-ethology group, exemplifies confused thoughts about the biological basis of animal behavior.