For many moons, the laws of attraction in humans have been strongly attributed to sight. The conclusion has long been drawn to the thought...pleasing to the eye also equates to pleasing to the mind. However, recent studies that have looked at the role of olfactory system, responsible for smell, and the role that it plays in sexual attraction. There seems to be some very interesting findings that have pointed to the power of olfaction and the role that it plays in sexual attraction. Some of the research that looks at this concept have found the following:
Healthy is sexy?
- According to certain research, the answer is yes. In a recent research study, 43 men were asked to take a health assessment indicating what they typically eat and then work out and subsequently freeze their sweaty shirts for 24 hours. Gross right? The results were illuminating, however. The women that rated each male participants' attract ability rated men higher on the attraction scale when they ate diets that were rich in fruits, veggies, fats, and oils. Men who ate a carb and seafood heavy diet were rated as less attractive to their female counterparts. Additionally,the researchers involved in this study added an additional component in which sight was taken into consideration through the use of a spectrophotometer to measure the skin color of their male volunteers’ hands. Other research has shown that skin pigmentation which is rich in carotenoids (which results from eating a fruit and veggie heavy diet) and yellow in color flags a more healthy immune system. Female participants also rated men with hands that possessed catenoid pigmentation as more attractive. From an evolutionary mating perspective, this would make a great deal of sense. A healthy immune system flags healthy and in theory, healthy offspring. In general, folks who tend to be more healthy and evenly balance, who work out together, make time for their physical health tend to have more sex, have more appreciation for their bodies, and be happier in general.
- In some recent research, men have indicated that the answer is yes. In several research studies over the last decade or so, women who were at the peak point of their menstrual cycles (i.e. during ovulation) rated these women as more attractive even if they weren't rated as attractive by sight. It should be noted that for women who were on birth control, there was shown to be no variance in their level of attraction, but again, what mattered is whether or not they were more or less fertile, which was all determined by smell. The urge to procreate is obviously an innate drive given these findings!
- According to some compelling research, the answer seems to be yes. Ultimately, the search for pheromones and the role of them in regards to human attraction is something that the verdict is still out on. What has been shown though is that for paired couples, a slightly warn or sweaty garmen is more appealing than one thatis doused in perfume. So for you heavy cologne and perfume wearers, stick to on or two spritzes instead of 10 ;-) The truth is research involving both men and women have shown that one can identify their partner's unperformed garment and rated the clothes of their partner as more pleasing to smell than any other's clothing involved in the study. This clothing included undergarments complete with natural non-deodorized, vaginal and penile odor and secretions. Men and women alike often are quite insecure about their genitalia being unpleasing. However, according to research, no need to deodorize. Wash yourself of course, but no need to add extra smell. Your partner will prefer the non-deodorized version. After all, research findings have found that partners tend to possess a fondness for how their loved one smells.
- Of course not! Human attraction is complex and dependent on many factors, many of which are less physiologically driven. However, it is important for us to know the role that all of our senses play in our drive to be around our partner(s)...or not.
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