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The Scent of Emotion

Posted Jun 03 2010 8:34pm

A new study has discovered that for couples who are closely romantically linked, emotional cues are not just visual and vocal. It is now thought that people can actually smell their partner’s happiness, fear, and sexual arousal.

The study tested 20 heterosexual couples who’d been living together for at least a year. They collected their underarm sweat while the couples watched videos designed to provoke a specific emotion. The participants then sniffed samples of their partner’s and a stranger’s sweat and were asked to pick one that gave off a specific emotional scent. Almost 70 percent of the time, the couples could pick up on one another’s scent signals.

Not the nicest study to take part in! Do you think the findings are correct?

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