Scents of Adolescence: Are you blind?

Scents of Adolescence: The Maturation of the Olfactory Phenotype in a Free-Ranging Mammal
Barbara A. Caspers, Frank C. Schroeder, Stephan Franke, Christian C. Voigt
https://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0021162

This open access article details the developmental maturation of a hormone-dependent olfactory phenotype. Has anyone detailed the  maturation of differences in what mammals see that are not hormone dependent? If so, the biologically based relevance of olfactory input could be compared with the relative salience of visual input in mammals. However, so far as I know, all sex differences in the visually perceived phenotype of mammals are hormone dependent.

A flying mammal that relies on acoustic signaling for food acquisition helps make my case for the importance of olfactory/pheromonal input during the development of sexual preferences. Arguably, if you cannot see that sex differences in other sensory systems result from their association with sex differences in the development of the olfactory phenotype, you might be blind as a bat.

 

 

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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