Do Humans Smell and Pick Their Mate Accordingly?

Few animals find their mate through smell, for instance, mice are known to do it. Though nothing concrete had come out of all this, still research tends to show that humans do sniff around on a subconscious level before picking their mate.

Studies had been conducted earlier to ascertain the fact whether humans respond on the basis of smell while picking their mates.

Few animals do find their mate through smell, for instance, mice, and they are known to smell while picking their mate. Though, nothing concrete had evaporated, still studies tends to show that humans do sniff around on a subconscious level before they pick their mate.

These studies certainly lack adequate backing of evidence but throw light on some of the lesser known facts of human behavior.

Why research suggests that humans smell and pick their mate?

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It is a well known fact that humans want to have healthy offspring and one of the traits for good health is an efficient immune system.

An efficient immune system helps a child to fight disease causing agents. An efficient immune system depends a lot on genetics and therefore, it becomes all the more important for parents to remain healthy to produce healthy offspring.

The major histocompatability complex (MHC), which is a genetic region in the human body, plays a vital role in creating a strong immune system.

The MHC also has a lot of diversification within its region.

It has been found out that humans find mates with a different MHC code more attractive than with a similar MHC code.

One way for a person to find his or her mate is probably through smell.

Normally, the MHC code of family members or a social group is similar and therefore humans naturally are more attracted to persons outside their family and groups which prevent humans from marrying within their own family.

Thus in a way, humans ‘smell and pick mate’ attitude, defines the natural tendency of human beings to bring healthy offspring into this world.

Though, there is lack of sufficient concrete evidence to claim that humans do smell and pick mate, still studies indicate that humans do sniff around before picking their mates.

It’s a different fact that they do it on a subconscious level.

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6 Responses to “Do Humans Smell and Pick Their Mate Accordingly?”
  1. ken bultman Says...

    On September 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

    I hope this is wrong. People who study mice lose touch with humanity.


  2. Katien Says...

    On September 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I think that we decide on a lot of things subconciously, which is why it is almost impossible to test the theory!


  3. Goodselfme Says...

    On September 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Interesting post


  4. Rajiv Sighamony Says...

    On September 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    but ken, how do you explain that people who study mice lose touch with humanity.


  5. writing4angels Says...

    On September 21, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Great work. That was a very interesting article.


  6. prakash dhole Says...

    On October 17, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Interesting, that brings Humans and mice closer to each other


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