A pheromone is a chemical an animal produces which changes the behavior of another animal of the same species (animals include insects).
Some describe pheromones as behavior-altering agents. Many people do not know that pheromones trigger other behaviors in the animal of the same species, apart from sexual behavior.
Pheromones, unlike most other hormones are ectohormones – they act outside the body of the individual that is secreting them – they impact a behavior on another individual. Hormones usually only affect the individual that is secreting them.
Pheromones can be secreted to trigger many types of behaviors, including:
➡To follow a food trail
➡To tell other female insects to lay their eggs elsewhere. Called epideictic pheromones
➡To respect a territory
➡To bond (mother-baby)
Pheromones are chemicals produced naturally by the body.
Through evolution, our bodies have been designed to secrete pheromones to subconsciously send communication signals with others around you. Scientists from the universities of Colorado and Utah have found that pheromones are detected
through the vomeronasal organ (VNO) in the nose in mammals.
Other studies suggest that the VNO is now dormant in humans, but our responses to pheromones are still triggered by other nasal sensory means at a subconscious
level. Naturally the human body produces pheromones through sweat.
Males and females give off different types of pheromones, and when sensed by the opposite sex, they subconsciously trigger an emotional response in the their brain. That response arouses women, it draws their attention and brings sexual emotions and desire.
Studies have shown that some pheromones can help people gain the trust of others, and in general it can enhance positive emotions found through social interactions. It can also improve your willingness to take social risks.
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