The influence of mammalian pheromones, including human pheromones, on behavior is becoming clearer and will continue to do so with the advent of data from the eusocial insect model of olfactory/pheromonal influences.
For an indication of how quickly molecular biology can make social science theory seem outdated and sometimes silly…
a form of communication exists between the two partners whereby the female informs the male that she has ovulated and he responds, like the dominant rhesus monkey, with an increase in his testosterone level facilitating his entire sexual response cycle.
Recent discoveries show that human pheromones are signals that are processed by cells in our main olfactory system.
Dr. Richard L Doty misrepresents the truth about pheromones as he redefines the term in an attempt to convince others that mammalian pheromones do not exist. The truth is that no sensory stimulus from the social environment (e.g, an environment containing other members of the same species) determines anything about mammalian behavior in an invariant way.