A man who goes around sniffing women might not appear to be a particularly enticing partner.
But male humans may be able to detect when a lady is aroused simply by picking up the smell she gives off.
Research from the University of Research claimed that men can ‘distinguish between the scents of sexually aroused and non-aroused women’.
Psychologist Dr Arnaud Wisman, a psychologist at the University of Kent, conducted three different experiments.
Female ‘scent donors’ were asked to avoid smelly pursuits such as smoking, drinking alcohol, eating spicy foods or garlic, using deodorant or perfume, or engaging in sexual activity.
During one experiment, ladies then asked to cycle on an exercise bike and shown one of two films: a documentary about bridge-building or the erotic mainstream film 9 Songs, which features graphic unsimulated sex scenes.
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The women did not appear to have a fetish for big long bridges and said they were more aroused by the arty blue movie than the rather dull documentary.
A sample of their sweat was then collected and wafted in front of men.
The second experiment involved a similar process whilst participants in the third were shown ‘an erotic male dance performance taken from the movie “Magic Mike” and invited to read a passage from the famous bondage book 50 Shades of Grey, which depicts its female protagonist’s ‘inner goddess doing the merengue with some salsa moves’ during one sexy scene.
Once again, their sweat was harvested in the name of science.
Men who sniffed the samples were able to ‘evaluate the scent of sexually aroused women as relatively more attractive and this increased their sexual motivation’ which ‘suggests that the chemical signals of scent alone can elicit a sexual response in recipients’.
Dr Wisman said: ‘The present studies suggest that men are sensitive to the olfactory [relating to the sense of smell] signals of sexual arousal released by women.
‘This research suggests that these signals released along with corresponding visual and auditory expressions of sexual interest can produce a stronger overall signal that increases sexual motivation.
‘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 communication.’
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