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Smelling your perfect partner

Updated on September 27, 2012

Smelling your perfect partner

When you choose your partner you think, well, what do they offer me? Are they good looking? Do they have a nice personality? And you look for that instant attraction. Did you know that we actually smell our perfect partners?

We have an astonishing ability to smell people with opposite immune systems to ours as this works out better for our offspring; with two different immune systems mixing together the children will have a better chance of survival. So that “chemistry” you feel could just be the pheromones.

A Swiss zoologist, Claus Wedekind, did the first “sweaty t-shirt experiment”. He assembled volunteers, 44 men and 49 women, with different gene types. The men wore clean shirts for two nights and then gave them to Wedekind. The t-shits were placed in boxes and women volunteers came in to smell the t-shirts. They then had to rate each of the t-shirts. He found that the women preferred the scents on the t-shirts of men whose immune systems were different from their own.



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