Sunday, February 11, 2007
MANSWEAT MAKES WOMEN HOT
You're going to love this: according to the Journal of Neuroscience, there is finally direct evidence that humans secrete a scent that changes the chemistry of the opposite sex. Let me translate: MANSWEAT MAKES WOMEN HOT.
"This is the first time anyone has demonstrated that a change in women's hormonal levels is induced by sniffing an identified compound of male sweat," according to Claire Wyart, postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.
The study conducted last year involved 48 undergraduate women who took 20 sniffs from a bottle containing androstadienone, a compound found in male perspiration and other bodily secretions. Apparently the womens' blood pressure and other vitals increased, a sign that their sexual arousal was boosted. Oh, yeah.
The researchers measured the women's levels of the stress hormone cortisol and compared them to the women's responses to a control odor. Cortisol levels in the women rose within about 15 minutes of inhaling the androstadienone scent and remained elevated for more than an hour, UC Berkeley researchers found.
Of course, I want to know more. For instance, do women respond differently to sweat from different areas of the body? Is there a failsafe level for sweat? Am I in danger at the gym? These are things I demand to know. And what about men? Are we in danger of succumbing to the allure of other men's sweat???? Is it possible to be attracted to one's own sweat?
Posted by Stewart Sternberg at 3:26 PM