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Pleasantness of the Odor of Androstenone as a Function of Sexual Intercourse Experience in Women and Men.
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PMID:  21725680     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Androstenone (5α-androst-16-en-3-one) and other androstenes, body odor components occurring in apocrine secretions, may play a role in human chemosignaling. We hypothesized that the odor of androstenone may gain hedonic value from sexual intercourse experiences via associative learning. Young adults (N = 397, 61.5% women, age 21-24 years, randomly sampled regarding sexual experience) rated the intensity and pleasantness of the odors of androstenone, cinnamon, chocolate, isovaleric acid, lemon, and turpentine. Among women who were able to perceive androstenone, the odor was rated as more pleasant (less unpleasant) by those who had had experienced sexual intercourse with at least one partner (n = 175) than by those who reported never having experienced intercourse (n = 12, p = .006). The difference was specific to women. The results suggest that, among women, sexual experience may modify the pleasantness of the odor of androstenone.
Antti Knaapila; Hely Tuorila; Eero Vuoksimaa; Kaisu Keskitalo-Vuokko; Richard J Rose; Jaakko Kaprio; Karri Silventoinen
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-7-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of sexual behavior     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-2800     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-7-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1273516     Medline TA:  Arch Sex Behav     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Monell Chemical Senses Center, 3500 Market St., Philadelphia, PA, 19104, USA,
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