The smell of fear: it’s dose dependent

Jasper de Groot published an article on the chemical communication of fear in the high impact journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. His study shows that humans can express the quantity of their experienced fear in their body odor. That is, the more fearful a person was (induced by scary movie clips), the more odorant molecules that person emitted from the armpit region. Funded by a Niels Stensen Fellowship, this research was conducted at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA) in collaboration with professor Jay Gottfried and Peter Kirk.

The article will appear in Philosophical Transactions B, titled Encoding Fear in Human Sweat, and is already available to download!


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