The smell of age: perception and discrimination of body odors of different ages.

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Mitro, Susanna; Gordon, Amy R.; Olsson, Mats J.; Lundström, Johan N.;
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • Journal: PLoS ONE,volume 7,issue 5 (issn: 1932-6203, eissn: 1932-6203)
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  • Related identifiers: pmc: PMC3364187, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038110
  • Subject: Sensory Perception | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Research Article | Biology | Neuroscience | Mental Health | Olfactory System | Medicine | Experimental Psychology | Q | R | Psychology | Developmental Psychology | Science | Sensory Systems | Behavior
    mesheuropmc: psychological phenomena and processes | musculoskeletal, neural, and ocular physiology

Our natural body odor goes through several stages of age-dependent changes in chemical composition as we grow older. Similar changes have been reported for several animal species and are thought to facilitate age discrimination of an individual based on body odors, alon... View more
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