…these authors know male morphology is not used by female goats for mate choice (e.g., they cite their own initial study in this regard). They also cite works that show female mammals are able to distinguish between and show preference for particular males using chemical cues alone.
Similarities and differences between food odors and pheromones help to clarify how human pheromones work with an example of an experiment and results that show a mixture of two chemicals influences behavior.
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Psychophysics experiments incorporate obvious generalizations that are due to very low biological variability across different species of organisms. Obviously, one need not reinvent the wheel when common sense dictates that olfaction is a common sense across all mammalian species that sexually reproduce, and that pheromones influence the behavior of all these species.
We showed that a chemical mixture of androstenol and androsterone increases flirtatious behavior in women within 15 minutes of exposure.
…a chemical mixture of androstenol and androsterone increases flirtatious behavior in women within 15 minutes of exposure