Epigenetic inheritance of memory

Mice Inherit Specific Memories, Because Epigenetics?

by Virginia Hughes

Excerpt: I’ve gone into a lot of detail below, but here’s the bottom line: The behavioral results are surprising, solid, and will certainly inspire further studies by many other research groups. The epigenetic data seems gauzy by comparison, with some experts saying it’s thin-but-useful and others finding it full of holes.

My comment: Experts who say the data on the epigenetic inheritance is full of holes should explain what the holes are and compare them to holes in the idea of mutation-initiated natural selection. Meanwhile, those interested in learning more about what is currently known about epigenetic effects of food odors and pheromones on the transgenerational epigenetic inheritance of behavior may want to see:

1) “Human pheromones and food odors: epigenetic influences on the socioaffective nature of evolved behaviors” Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology 2012


2) the follow-up in the same journal: Nutrient-dependent/pheromone-controlled adaptive evolution: a model Socioaffective Neuroscience & Psychology 2013

See also: Epigenetic Modulation of Homer1a Transcription Regulation in Amygdala and Hippocampus with Pavlovian Fear Conditioning from March 28, 2012 reported in National Geographic on Nov 15, 2013

National Geographic continues to block my comments on anything to do with epigenetics, which means they may continue to keep others under informed about what is currently known.


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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