Dating profiles steph thornhill
Is love at first sight real, or is it simply science?
In recent years, researchers have found that olfactory-based biological processes play an important role in the mate selection process not only in animals, but in humans as well.
Research has found that people are instinctively drawn to those with dissimilar MCH genes, and that couples tend to be far less related than an average sampling of the population.
Humans also pick up pheromones and chemosignals from potential mates through olfaction.
The current, compartmentalized method for research in attraction stifles the growth of interdisciplinary thought and prevents new discoveries from influencing future scientific inquiry effectively.
Chemosignals influence reproductive development and drive people to reproductively ready mates.
Finally, neurochemical pathways are created between pleasant scents and chemicals released in the brain, including testosterone, norepinephrine, dopamine, and oxytocin.
Studies have shown that particular genes, such as the ones that code for the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC), which controls what the immune system considers native or foreign, influence attraction patterns through the production of maximally dissimilar scent profiles between partners.
Differences in MHC allele locations have also indicated an increase in the potential for attraction between individuals, suggesting that humans tend to mate with MHC dissimilar partners 1, 2, 5.
The overarching theme of this research paper is the relationship of olfaction to the main biochemical mechanisms of attraction.