Here’s how to tell if your partner is ‘interested’
Men can smell whether a women is aroused versus those who aren’t according to new research from the University of Kent.
It’s one of the many states we can detect through smell, say researchers, and smelling female arousal, in turn, arouses male sexual motivation.
Other emotional states such sadness and fear also have a scent, according to previous research.
Researchers conducted three experiments involving sweat samples from aroused or non-aroused women.
Men smelled these samples, and study author and psychologist Arnaud Wisman found that men could actually differentiate between aroused and non-aroused women.
The results also introduced the possibility that women release a detectable “chemosignal” which piques arousal in men.
“Sexual interest may entail more than meets the eye and we hope that the current findings encourage further research to examine the role of sexual olfactory signals in human connection,” notes Dr Wisman, who posits that everything from physical health to fertility to fear can be subconsciously smelled, and that the chemosignals we give off in various emotional states are not only detectable, but motivate sexual interest, disgust, empathy, and more.
Do you think you can smell emotional states on others?