Monday, May 16, 2011

The laws of attraction: It's all in the nose

'I'm sure many of you know that smell is a super important part of what makes you attracted to someone. Some interesting new studies came out that show that when women use hormonal contraceptives, it actually screws with their chemical signals, affecting not only who they are attracted to, but who is attracted to them!

"The type of man a woman is drawn to is known to change during her monthly cycle—when a woman is fertile, for instance, she might look for a man with more masculine features. Taking the pill or another type of hormonal contraceptive upends this natural dynamic, making less-masculine men seem more attractive, according to a small but growing body of evidence. The findings have led researchers to wonder about the implications for partner choice, relationship quality and even the health of the children produced by these partnerships."

This is all fascinating stuff - read more about it here in the Wall Street Journal.
Makes you wonder how in these days where most of us are on birth control during the years that we finding and deciding on our mate, whether our choice would be the same if our noses were not affected by hormones.

Love Skews Your Sense Of SmellSome food for thought on this rainy Monday.

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