Sex-hormone dependent perception of androstenone suggests its involvement in communicating competition and aggression

  title={Sex-hormone dependent perception of androstenone suggests its involvement in communicating competition and aggression},
  author={Katrin T. L{\"u}bke and B. Pause},
  journal={Physiology \& Behavior},
Androstenone, a compound of human male body odor, might act as a chemosensory signal communicating dominance or aggressiveness. In order to clarify its communicative significance, the relationship between androstenone perception and the level of circulating steroid hormones was investigated in both men and women. Androstenone perception was assessed within n=26 men and n=25 women. Female participants were not currently using hormonal contraception and were in their follicular menstrual cycle… Expand
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