Since 1990 we conducted an extensive research program on pheromones intended to analyse in depth and on a wide scale man's olfaction and its ability to distinguish pheromonal-like substances of male and female origin Based on 3400 test cases it was possible to demonstrate the evolution of such ability at different physiological stages during life and the relationship between pheromonal perception and hormonal activity Body odours of adults and children can provide important information to identify persons. Moreover in humans chemicals signals from one person can be detected by another almost unconsciously. In animals the mother recognizes very soon her offspring by odour, in human too but is not clear how much precociously and if this applies to the father too. In this study we reanalyse the problem asking mothers to identify their newborn among a group of four simply by smelling their pads. The test was made within 24 hours after the delivery. Fathers who attended the labour were tested in the same way. Different delivery parameters were analysed : eutocia or partus caesareus , first contact or its absence in labour room, quality of amniotic fluid, parity. Parental responsiveness to the odour of their offspring was always highly positive . There is evidence that both mother and father do recognize very early their newborn children independently from the analyzed parameters and that sometimes fathers are better than mothers .

PHEROMONE COMMUNICATION IN MAN: Parental early olfactory recognition of neonates

LIGABUE, Franca;
2006

Abstract

Since 1990 we conducted an extensive research program on pheromones intended to analyse in depth and on a wide scale man's olfaction and its ability to distinguish pheromonal-like substances of male and female origin Based on 3400 test cases it was possible to demonstrate the evolution of such ability at different physiological stages during life and the relationship between pheromonal perception and hormonal activity Body odours of adults and children can provide important information to identify persons. Moreover in humans chemicals signals from one person can be detected by another almost unconsciously. In animals the mother recognizes very soon her offspring by odour, in human too but is not clear how much precociously and if this applies to the father too. In this study we reanalyse the problem asking mothers to identify their newborn among a group of four simply by smelling their pads. The test was made within 24 hours after the delivery. Fathers who attended the labour were tested in the same way. Different delivery parameters were analysed : eutocia or partus caesareus , first contact or its absence in labour room, quality of amniotic fluid, parity. Parental responsiveness to the odour of their offspring was always highly positive . There is evidence that both mother and father do recognize very early their newborn children independently from the analyzed parameters and that sometimes fathers are better than mothers .
15th Congress of the European Anthropological Association
Budapest , Hungary
31 August – 3 September, 2006
15th Congress of the European Anthropological Association.
EOTVOS LORAND UNIVERSITY
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Kin recognition; Human pheromone; Parental recognition; Humane neonates
F. LIGABUE STRICKER; CATTANI SILVA
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