(Telegraph) Women can smell a wimp
By Nick Collins, Science Correspondent 7:18PM GMT 06 Nov 2012
Women can sniff out a wimp because they can smell emotions like fear and disgust on a man’s skin, according to a study.
The smell of perspiration released by men while they were feeling afraid or repulsed was enough to trigger the same emotion in women, an experiment showed.
When exposed to bottled sweat given off by men as they watched clips from the thriller “The Shining“, women began showing physical signs of being afraid such as a fearful facial expression, darting eye movements and heavier sniffing.
In contrast, the smell of perspiration from men who had been watching MTV’s Jackass – which features stomach-churning stunts – caused a disgusted facial expression and other signs of the emotion including a reduction in eye movement and sniffing.
The findings suggest that certain emotions can be contagious and can be detected via chemical signals, even though the women were not aware of it at the time, researchers said.
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