Dr. Avnish Jolly, The India Post, 10th January, 2009 :It’s common in folklores that Sixth sense of women always helps her to read the mind of men. According to a new study has revealed by scientists, men’s perspiration smells different if he’s attracted to women and subconsciously can show his attraction. Hence a woman can sense if a man is attracted to her by the smell of his sweat. According to the researchers a man’s sweat smells different depending on his mood.
Although she may not be fully aware of it, a woman is in tune with the smell of a man who is interested in her. The findings have led scientists to believe that, like animals, humans may use Aura or bio-magnetic field, fumes or pheromones, photosynthesis or body language to communicate with each other.
Denise Chen, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Rice University, in Texas, America, and team tested the responses of 19 women in their 20s to two types of male sweat – one labelled ‘normal’ and the other ‘sexual’. The sweat was gathered from a selection of men who had polyester pads attached to their armpits.
‘Normal’ sweat was gathered during a 20-minute session in which the men were asked to watch educational videos. They were then asked to watch 20 minutes of an erotic video, when the ‘sexual’ sweat was collected. Female volunteers were exposed to the different scents while Professor Chen monitored their brain activity.
The women did not realise it but their brains not only recognised the fumes but responded to them. Professor Chen said the ‘sexual’ sweat lit up different regions of the womens’ brains and added that her results suggested the female brain is capable of recognising the smell of a man who is attracted to her.
Professor Chen and her colleagues now intend to expand their research by looking at how these scents actually affect a man and woman’s behaviour towards each other.