Can Humans Detect Pheromones?
But is this even possible? Can the average person’s sense of smell really detect pheromones (or even a cologne scent) from across the room? Can a person really tell WHO is the source of the fragrance in a crowded place without close investigation?
My Pheromone Experiment
Before the games began we all were standing around and talking with each other. I was wearing a product called Amour Devil and my friend John was wearing some Instant Shine. I must say we were both pretty aromatic… Phew! John and I were at the entrance talking to each other and all of the other “unsuspecting 15″ were in the room. John, on cue, asked, “what smells like perfume?” Learn more at http://baids.org
Interestingly, Peggy, who was clear across the room said: “oh, you probably smell me, I am wearing…” Honestly, I cannot remember what she said she was wearing. Anyway, I then have everyone sit down — it was time for the games to begin! Yes, we were really there to play games; not just to do pheromone studies.
We sat down and John and I sat at the “head” of the table. It was a large rectangular table and could fit three seats across the head. John and I were the only two seated there. I then explained that John and I were both wearing new colognes and we wanted to know which one people preferred…?
Pheromone Experiment Results
In the end, most people liked the smell of the Instant Shine better. However, it seemed apparent from our casual non-scientific pheromone experiment that, from a distance, they were both unable to determine a distinction between the two aromas and they were unable to tell who was wearing which. Learn more at http://astrobiosociety.org
Although this is FAR from a conclusive experiment, it does seem to suggest that people’s sense of smell might not be discerning and accurate enough to detect a human pheromone cologne wearer from across a crowded room.