Dogs and humans: Then and now

It may interest some people to learn the amount of time it takes for new concepts, like the concept of human pheromones, to be accepted.  During the past two decades I have repeatedly seen others mention how the human sense of smell does not compare well with the sense of smell in other mammals. Typically, dogs are mentioned as an example – not because they are a good example, but because most people think they are. With such thoughts in mind, it is no wonder that some people think that human pheromones don’t exist. Of course human pheromones exist! How could they not, regardless of what anyone thinks?

THEN (more than 2 decades ago): Dobb, E. (1989) The scents around us. Sciences, November‑December, 46‑53.

“What human beings lack in acuity… they make up in powers of discrimination, which rival those of any other mammal.”


“Dogs have roughly 20 times more olfactory receptor cells than we do and, for tracking purposes, long snouts positioned closer to the ground.  But we don’t have their complex infection-preventing filtering system and so, even with these fewer receptors, more odor molecules get to them.

But we also have our brains as a powerful compensatory device, which means, smell can be associated with emotion, memory, motor reaction and multimodal integration.”

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James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones. Recently, Kohl integrated scientific evidence that pinpoints the evolved neurophysiological mechanism that links olfactory/pheromonal input to genes in hormone-secreting cells of tissue in a specific area of the brain that is primarily involved in the sensory integration of olfactory and visual input, and in the development of human sexual preferences. His award-winning 2007 article/book chapter on multisensory integration: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences followed an award winning 2001 publication: Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology, which was coauthored by disinguished researchers from Vienna. Rarely do researchers win awards in multiple disciplines, but Kohl’s 2001 award was for neuroscience, and his 2007 “Reiss Theory” award was for social science. Kohl has worked as a medical laboratory scientist since 1974, and he has devoted more than twenty-five years to researching the relationship between the sense of smell and the development of human sexual preferences. Unlike many researchers who work with non-human subjects, medical laboratory scientists use the latest technology from many scientific disciplines to perform a variety of specialized diagnostic medical testing on people. James V. Kohl is certified with: * American Society for Clinical Pathology * American Medical Technologists James V. Kohl is a member of: * Society for Neuroscience * Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology * Association for Chemoreception Sciences * Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality * International Society for Human Ethology * American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science * Mensa, the international high IQ society