Influence of Androstenol and Androsterone on the Evalulation of Men of Varying Attractiveness Levels



The components of human axillary secretions, especially odoriferous steroids, may take part in human olfactory communication in a manner analogous to the odours from specialized skin glands in animals (Labows et al., 1982). Filsinger & Fabes (1985), for expample, suggest that some of them (especially androstenol, androstenone) may be putative human pheromones. With regard to androstenol and androstenone, evidence has been found for a connection between these odoriferous substances and the covert or open behavior of the receivers (e.g., assessment of person, self-ratings, choice of locations: cf. Kirk-Smith, 1978; Filsinger & Fabes, 1985; Benton & Wastell, 1986). However, it has not been shown that such substances function as human pheromones and induce a definite behavior or physiological response.


Menstrual Cycle Menstrual Cycle Phase Odoriferous Substance Skin Gland Adjusted Alpha Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Olshausenstr. 40/60KielGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MunsterMunsterGermany

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