The smell of sex: are our noses connected to our desires?

Vision gets all the attention when we think about the way senses relate to human attraction. Makes sense: there are a tonne of visual markers, which may exist for evolutionary, biological or cultural reasons, that influence how and why we’re attracted to other people. But what of the other senses? Smell (or ‘olfaction’, to give its scientific name) is an interesting example as it’s associated with the limbic system – an area of the brain that deals with emotion and memory. Because smell bypasses the higher brain functions that vision and hearing require, it can affect the way we respond to stimulus in some pretty powerful ways. Which made us want to investigate the ways it influences sex and sexuality. Here’s what we uncovered.

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