In humans, smell is also the dominant sense

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.”

About James V. Kohl 1307 Articles
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