Scent of a Woman

@article{Miller2010ScentOA,
  title={Scent of a Woman},
  author={Saul L. Miller and Jon K Maner},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={21},
  pages={276 - 283}
}
Adaptationist models of human mating provide a useful framework for identifying subtle, biologically based mechanisms influencing cross-gender social interaction. In line with this framework, the current studies examined the extent to which olfactory cues to female ovulation—scents of women at the peak of their reproductive fertility—influence endocrinological responses in men. Men in the current studies smelled T-shirts worn by women near ovulation or far from ovulation (Studies 1 and 2) or… Expand
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