Psychologists are discovering more and more about human attraction every day. These facts may surprise you, disgust you, or even help you when you try your hand at flirting. Mating and courtship rituals may seem pretty simple at first glance – two people get together, and usually within a few minutes they’ve formed an opinion about whether they’re sexually attracted to each other. But what makes a person attractive? When you ask people why they’ve fallen in love, they can’t quite explain it. They say things like “I just knew they were the one,” or “It was love at first sight.” But psychologists are uncovering what’s really going on beneath it all, and how you might react depends on your point of view. Do you think love and attraction are just chemical reactions? If so, does that make love less entrancing and magical for you? Or does that in fact make love even more interesting and amazing?
1. Sound And Smell Play A Bigger Role Than You Think
A new study highlighted the multi-faceted elements to human attraction, including a hefty emphasis on sound and smell. The study, which was carried out at the University of Wroclaw in Poland, was published in a recent publication of Frontiers In Psychology. The study showed that people can determine a wide variety of characteristics from voice alone. People can not only guess someone’s age and gender by listening to their voice, but also the weight, size, dominance, and emotional state of the speaker. They can also accurately guess these traits from scent as well. This means that people rely on sight, sound and smell when it comes to being attracted to people, and all 3 senses play a vital role in making people attracted to one another.
The importance of scent in attraction is largely due to a androgen steroid called androstadienone. This steroid is emitted through the human axillary region, and it has been linked with human attraction. This is because it’s odorous chemical compound, and people can smell it on each other when they interact with each other. One study examined this further and found that there many other odors that were connected with mating and human attraction, not just androstadienone. These chemical compounds, which are naturally occurring in body odor, increase people’s perceived attraction of potential mates. Sometimes this happens from a distance, before verbal communication or physical interaction even takes place. HLA complexes is also something that is communicated through scent, and that will be touched on later in this article.