Human Olfactory Communication of Emotion

  title={Human Olfactory Communication of Emotion},
  author={Denise Chen and Jeannette M. Haviland-Jones},
  journal={Perceptual and Motor Skills},
  pages={771 - 781}
Nonhuman animals communicate their emotional states through changes in body odor. The study reported here suggests that this may be the same for humans. We collected underarm odors on gauze pads from 25 young women and men on two different occasions. On one occasion the donors were induced to feel happy by viewing an excerpt from a funny movie whereas on the other, separated by a day, they were induced to feel afraid by watching an excerpt from a frightening movie. One week later, 40 women and… 

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