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Scent and Human Pheromones

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Pheromones are naturally occurring chemical secretions that the fertile body releases externally, which sends messages to potential mates and generates sexual and reproductive responses. Scientists are still uncertain about whether the pheromones have an influence on the sexual life, relationships and physical attraction among humans and those doubts have led to many researches that follow the development of that type of subconscious communication. Biologists have found out that there are four classes of pheromonal communication: repellants, bond relationships between mothers and babies, synchronization of the fertile period in a closed group and the type, which promotes sexual attractiveness and focuses the attention of individuals of the opposite sex. According to a research, made by Dr. Winnifred Cutler, the five factors that determine the sexual attractiveness when it comes to women are: physical appearance and grooming, social skills, sexual motivation and interest in close contact, sexual skills and finally, excretion of sex attractant pheromones. Her study proved that during the time people have been under the effect of a placebo, only 24% would receive more attention, while with those, who have been taking real pheromones, the percentage is around 76%. Ever since the 1980s, which is around the time people have suggested the presence of pheromones in the human system, they have started to use it as a product that would increase sexuality and would bring attention, just like the way animals signal to each other in their mating periods.
The zoologist, Tristram Wyatt, explains how there is a fundamental mistake in the researches concerning pheromones and subconscious communication methods between individuals. He clarifie...

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