The aphrodisiac of a man’s sweat overrides any common sense in some women. The strange arousal of seeing men glistening while working, pumping iron or even in pictures can make a woman drool and distract her attention away from whatever she is doing. It’s not her fault as her brain ‘recognizes the sexual’ in the sweat and it becomes out of her control.
Gene determines whether male body odor smells pleasant
Researchers have shown some women are biologically aroused to men’s perspiration just from the smell, but not all women will be attracted to the odorous scent, only those with gene variants that trigger a physical response are affected.
The Scientific Explanation
The sex hormones, known as pheromones, are excreted through males’ sweat, therefore stimulates females’ olfactory nerves (nerves in the nose detecting scents). Specifically, androstenone is the suspected pheromone secreted which subsequently triggers a sexual, neurological response in certain women when confronted with the scent. The receptive genes in women, identified as OR7D4, are responsible for the behavioral responses determining whether it is pleasant or offensive.
Researcher Leslie B. Vosshall, from Rockefeller University, and colleagues linked variations in genes to variations in odor perception. They found people who determined the smell as repulsive were more likely to have two functional copies of OR7D4, while those who perceived it as a more mild smell tended to have one or two impaired copies of the gene.
Blame it on her genes
According to the scientific findings, one may deduce the initial attraction to a potential mate could be dependent partly on the woman’s genes, not solely on the feeling of compatibility.
To expand on the aroma of pheromones as it pertains to images (pictures), psychological theories, such as classical conditioning, may suggest the attraction of perspiring men in pictures could be caused by past encounters when the association was made.
Now, if only scientists could figure out why some men drool at women …
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