“Chemistry Drives Social Chemistry”: Body Odor Plays a Huge Role in Attraction and Even Friendship
As When it comes to your nose, the old adage “opposites attract” couldn’t be further from the truth, according to a new study. The research, published [June 24] in Scientists progresssuggests that people whose natural body odors are chemically similar are more likely to “click” and form quick friendships.
Through a series of experiments designed to uncover the effects of body odor on social dynamics, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel found that existing pairs of same-sex non-romantic friends who reported having clicked when they first met emitted similar odors. Additionally, a sensor the study describes as an ‘electronic nose’ was able to predict above chance levels whether strangers would feel a click during an encounter, based on the chemical signature of their scents. natural bodies.
“I feel comfortable concluding now that there is chemistry in social chemistry,” said Inbal Ravreby, study co-author and Weizmann’s neurobiologist. The scientist.
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“It should be noted that this article has several experiments, but the overall number of people involved is rather limited, and limited to one specific case” designed by study authors Valentina Parma, a psychologist studying olfaction at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia who did not work on the study, says The scientist by email. “These results provide a good starting point to answer additional questions.”