Someone asked us to post about pheromone since we have posted about oxytocins. Does pheromone really work? Considering human beings are mammals, we think that we definitely release some sort of smell that is linked to attraction. Animals, insects and plants release pheromone to communicate with one another.

When an ant is disturbed, it releases a pheromone that can be detected by other ants several centimeters away. They are attracted by low concentrations of the pheromone and begin to move toward the region of increasing concentration. As they get nearer to their disturbed nestmate, their response changes to one of alarm. The higher concentration causes them to run about as they work to remedy the disturbance.

Wiki says this: A pheromone (from Greek φέρω phero "to bear" + hormone from Greek ὁρμή - "impetus") is a chemicalsignal that triggers a natural response in another member of the same species. There are alarm pheromones,food trail pheromonessex pheromones, and many others that affect behavior or physiology. Their use among insects has been particularly well documented. In addition, some vertebrates and plantscommunicate by using pheromones.

The term "pheromone" was introduced by Peter Karlson and Martin Lüscher in 1959, based on the Greek word pherein (to transport) and hormone(to stimulate). They are also classified as ecto-hormones. These chemical messengers are transported outside of the body and result in a direct developmental effect on hormone levels or behavioral change.[1] They proposed the term to describe chemical signals from conspecifics which elicit innate behaviours soon after the German Biochemist Adolf Butenandt characterized the first such chemical, Bombykol (a chemically well-characterized pheromone released by the female silkworm to attract mates).[2]

People are even selling pheromone for the desperate! Cracks us up. We think oxytocins and endorphins definitely rule over pheromone.

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