Women use smell to identify perfect mate
When it comes to sniffing out biological information from underarm sweat, women are far superior to men, according to a new US study.
Researchers found that women’s smelling abilities are highly attuned and believe it to be so to help her select a mate.
In the study by Philadelphia’s Monell Center, which appears in Flavour and Fragrance Journal, men and women rated the strength of underarm odours, both alone and combined with various fragrances. The fragrances were selected to test their ability to block underarm odour. Women were far better then men at sniffing out the odour.
‘Our studies indicate that human sweat conveys information that is of particular importance to females,’ says lead researcher Dr Charles Wysocki, a behavioural neuroscientist.
Choosing the perfect mate is more important for women than for men.
‘Men don’t need to be so choosy, they have lots of sperm, and can reproduce with lots of females, but once a woman reproduces with a partner she is tied up for nine months,’
explains Dr Leslie Knapp from the University of Cambridge