How do pheromones work in humans?

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Offline thedoc

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How do pheromones work in humans?
« on: 01/02/2016 22:50:02 »
Erika asked the Naked Scientists:
   So what's this I hear about the inbuilt pheromone radar system we have that checks out likely mates for their suitability? I know that everyone has their own unique scent, and that people that share certain characteristics have similar scents, and that there are those who's pheromones we simply "like" or "dislike"... I've also heard that birth control pills can cut off the receptability of this sense. I just find this whole thing very interesting and would like to know more about it. How does it work exactly? How does it vary from person to person? How can you become more aware of and in-tune to this sort of sense (if it exists? ) i would at least like to be directed to resources where i could learn more about it if there isn't much you know about it. Thank you.
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Re: How do pheromones work in humans?
« Reply #1 on: 02/02/2016 10:11:41 »
There has been a long debate about whether pheromones affect humans. At this time, you would say it is still unresolved.

There is also a question about how pheromones might be detected by humans. Some mutations affecting the human sense of smell have disabled some of the genes believed to be involved in sensing pheromones in other species.

Maybe pheromones operate below the conscious level; we don't like admitting that we are not entirely in control of ourselves.