Stress Science: Neuroendocrinology (Pheromones)

Social modulation of decision-making: a cross-species review Ruud Van Den Bos, Jolle Jolles, and Judith Homberg

Article Excerpt: “The social environment in which humans and animals live is not devoid of psychosocial stress.”

My comment: The last chapter of Stress Science: Neuroendocrinology is titled: Pheromones. It addresses the biological fact that nutrient-stress and social stress act on the same neuroendocrines pathways that link sensory input directly to behavior in invertebrates and vertebrates. One of my mentors, the late Robert L. Moss, is listed as a co-author of the chapter because it is an updated version of work published during his lifetime.

It was “Bob” who provided the most encouragement for me in my pursuit of biological facts instead of mere acceptance of theories, which we agreed in the early 90’s had comparatively little explanatory value. During the past two decades of neuroscientific progress, I am not aware of any progress in the context of evolutionary theory that has incorporated what’s been learned about the direct link from the social environment to the same hormones that affect behavior in all vertebrates, which are the same hormones that affect behavior associated with food odors and nutrition.

The book description notes that it contains: Articles carefully selected by one of the world’s most preeminent stress researchers and contributors represent the most outstanding scholarship in the field, with each chapter providing fully vetted and reliable expert knowledge.

I don’t recognize the names of any ethologists or evolutionary biologists in the authors listed in the Table of Contents (which can be viewed for free). If anyone recognizes the name of any ethologist or evolutionary theorist whose works they think are important to the understanding of social modulation of decision-making in humans, please tell me so that I can scan the chapter while I have the book out on loan from the library.


About James V. Kohl 1308 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