Family Scents: Developmental Changes in the Perception of Kin Body Odor?

  title={Family Scents: Developmental Changes in the Perception of Kin Body Odor?},
  author={Camille Ferdenzi and Benoist Schaal and Susan C. Roberts},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
There is increasing evidence that human body odors are involved in adaptive behaviors, such as parental attachment in infants or partner choice in adults. The aim of the present study was to investigate changes in body-odor perception around puberty, a period largely ignored for odor-mediated behavioral changes, despite major changes in social needs and in odor emission and perception. Nine families with two children (8 pre-pubertal, aged 7–10, and 10 pubertal, aged 11–18) evaluated body odors… 

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