The Great Pheromone Myth

Richard L. Doty

Mammalian pheromones, audiomones, visuomones, and snarks―Richard Doty argues that all of them belong within the related type: items of imagination.

For greater than 50 years, researchers―including many trendy scientists―have pointed out pheromones because the triggers for a variety of mammalian behaviors and endocrine responses. during this provocative ebook, popular olfaction professional Richard L. Doty rejects this concept and states bluntly that, unlike bugs, mammals don't have pheromones.

Doty systematically debunks the claims and conclusions of experiences that purport to bare the life of mammalian pheromones. He demonstrates that there's no quite often authorised medical definition of what constitutes a mammalian pheromone and that makes an attempt to divide stimuli and complicated behaviors into pheromonal and nonpheromonal different types have basically failed. Doty's arguable statement belies a persevered fascination with the pheromone notion, a number of claims of its chemical isolation, and what he sees because the wasted expenditure of thousands of hundreds of thousands of greenbacks by way of and govt.

The nice Pheromone Myth without delay demanding situations principles in regards to the position chemical compounds play in mammalian habit and reproductive strategies. it's a must-have reference for biologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and readers drawn to animal habit, ecology, and evolution.

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