Results: increased flirtatious behavior and self-reported attraction

By: James V. Kohl | Published on: November 22, 2010

From 2007 to 2009 we presented results five times during four different scientific assemblies (listed below).  We showed that a chemical mixture of androstenol and androsterone increases flirtatious behavior in women within 15 minutes of exposure. These women also reported that for some unknown reason they were significantly more attracted to the man wearing the mixture. This same mixture is used in the Scent of Eros product for men. If our study results are independently replicated, they will be published – if not before. However, given the bastardization of Kohl’s accurate conceptualization of human pheromones (see his book and journal publications, also listed below), research without publication may continue to be its own reward. From a scientist’s perspective, it makes no sense for researchers to attempt to compete with marketers who are convincing people to buy products that claim to elicit aphrodisiac-like affects on the behavior of the opposite sex. Human pheromone products enhance the appeal of the person wearing them, as you can read in the many unsolicited testimonies you can find in a search for “Scent of Eros.” But there’s no magical aphrodisiac involved; it’s just “chemistry”.
Kelahan, L.C., Hoffmann, H, & Kohl, J.V. (2007). Androstenol/androsterone may condition a human hormonal effect/behavioral affect. Association for Chemoreception Sciences 29th Annual Meeting,. Sarasota, Florida,.
Kelahan, L.C., Hoffmann, H, & Kohl, J.V.  (2007). Androstenol/androsterone may condition a human hormonal effect/behavioral affect. Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality 50th Anniversary Annual Meeting. Indianapolic, Indiana.
Kelahan, L.C., Hoffmann, H, & Kohl, J.V.  (2008). Olfactory/pheromonal input and human female proceptive sexual behaviors/preferences. Society for Neuroscience. Washington, D.C.
Kohl, J.V., Kelahan, L.C. & Hoffmann, H.. (2009). Putative Human Pheromones Increase Women’s Observed Flirtatious Behaviors and Ratings of Attraction. Association for Chemoreception Sciences 31st Annual Meeting,. Sarasota, Florida.
Kohl, J.V., Kelahan, L.C. & Hoffmann, H.. (2009) . Human pheromones increase women’s observed flirtatious behaviors and ratings of attraction. 13th Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology. East Lansing, Michigan.
Kohl, J.V. (2007). “Archives of Sexology: The Mind’s Eyes: Human pheromones, neuroscience, and male sexual preferences.” free author’s copy of Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality 18(4): 313-369.
Kohl, J.V., et al. (2001). “Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology.” free full text of Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 22(5): 309-21.
Diamond, M., Binstock , T. &  Kohl , JV. (1996). abstract “From fertilization to adult sexual behavior.Horm Behav. 30(4): 333-53.

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