Love Scents: How Your Natural Pheromones Influence Your Relationships, Your Moods, and Who You Love

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We often talk about possessing a "sixth sense"--an inexplicable intuition about certain people or situations that later proves to be correct. What if new evidence showed that the sixth sense wasn't so inexplicable after all? Pheromones--a form of chemical communication--have been long known to exist in the animal kingdom, and are one of the strongest forces guiding behavior. Only recently has science discovered the importance of human pheromones, silent messengers providing unconscious clues about the people we ...
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Overview

We often talk about possessing a "sixth sense"--an inexplicable intuition about certain people or situations that later proves to be correct. What if new evidence showed that the sixth sense wasn't so inexplicable after all? Pheromones--a form of chemical communication--have been long known to exist in the animal kingdom, and are one of the strongest forces guiding behavior. Only recently has science discovered the importance of human pheromones, silent messengers providing unconscious clues about the people we come in contact with--from information about our heredity and temperament to our sexual availability. Now, a team of leading pheromone researchers and scientific journalists reveal the primal secrets of our "sixth sense"--how and why it evolved, its effect on our daily lives, and its possible uses in altering mood and behavior. This entertaining book will help you understand your own senses, your reactions to everyday situations, and how to harness the power of this sense to fulfill your total potential.
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Pheromones, according to Kodis and her co-authors, seemingly work in concert with the five senses to influence our decisions to love, hate, marry, take a job, bond with a newborn baby, befriend a neighbor or avoid a co-worker. In an informative, intelligent and humorous fashion, journalists Kodis and Houy and cell biologist Moran explain how "pheromone perception" fits into the complex workings of our daily interactions. Pheromones are odorless molecules processed in humans through the microscopic vomeronasal organ, or VNO, located inside the nose. Not to be confused with scents, pheromonal messages taken into the VNO travel to the hypothalamus in fractions of a second. They are produced in the body and enter the world by wafting off the skin. Sniffing a man's smelly T-shirt may regulate a woman's menstrual cycle and enhance her fertility, we're told. According to the authors, the physical and emotional effects of pheromones not only explain why John loves Mary but why pigs sniff out truffles, orchids attract wasps and ants know their place in the ant hierarchy. Science doesn't fully understand the effects of these elusive,species-specific chemicals, but since their discovery in the 1960s by biotechnologist David Berliner, who contributes a foreword here, the investigation of pheromones has burgeoned into a technology with possibilities as far-reaching as mood elevation, birth and pest control, and the treatment of prostate cancer, anxiety and obesity. (Oct.)
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A gee-whizzy take on the so-called sixth sense that reads as though it began as a popular magazine article and, like Topsy, just growed. Journalist Kodis and co-author Houy are aided by cell biologist and pheromone researcher Moran in explaining what pheromones are and how these odorless chemicals are used by animals to communicate with each other. After describing the power of pheromones among the lower animals with some interesting stories about bees, pigs, and assorted other creatures, they turn to the human scene. The authors detail the physiological pathway by which pheromones are thought to be produced by one person and detected by another. The key is the tiny vomeronasal organ (hidden inside the nose) with its link to the hypothalamus. Although they take care to state that the brain does, of course, receive input from other senses, the so-called sixth sense is treated here with respect bordering on awe, and reporting shares space with speculation. As the subtitle suggests, pheromones are depicted as having a powerful subconscious effect on human relationships, triggering love and lust but also dislike, discomfort, and fear. Not surprisingly, perfume manufacturers have latched onto the possibilities of incorporating some of these odorless substances into their products, and the authors focus on the work in this area being done at Human Pheromone Sciences, whose founder, Dr. David Berliner, wrote the book's foreword. Research into natural pheromones has led to synthetic versions known as vomeropherins, and the authors describe possible future uses of such patented compounds├żcontrol of cockroaches and other pests and treatment of prostate and breast cancer, panic attacks,insomnia, and a flagging sex drive├żas projected by Pherin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., also founded by Dr. Berliner. Tagging a book about odorless molecules with the title Love Scents is a clue that a little hype may be involved. It's here all right.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525943334
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Chemical Conversations 11
Ch. 2 Pig Breath and Other Animal Wonders 26
Ch. 3 The Nose Knows: The Human Vomeronasal Organ 50
Ch. 4 The Brain Dance of the Senses 67
Ch. 5 Sex, Love, and Lust: The Pheromone Connection 83
Ch. 6 More Pheromone Mysteries 105
Ch. 7 Love Chemistry 101: Perfume and the Sixth Sense 135
Ch. 8 The Future of Pheromones 155
Epilogue 173
Notes 175
Glossary 193
Index 203
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