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The Hidden Power of Smell

How Chemicals Influence Our Lives and Behavior


  • Highlights the role of the sense of smell in humans and animals

  • Details fascinating and unexpected ways our olfactory senses affect our lives

  • The combination of hard science and thought-provoking stories and examples makes this volume informative for chemical ecologists as well as accessible to lay readers


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Paul A. Moore
    Pages 1-20
  3. Paul A. Moore
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  4. Paul A. Moore
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  11. Paul A. Moore
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  12. Back Matter
    Pages 207-213

About this book


This book provides insight into an area that humans often take for granted. There are wonderful and exciting stories of organisms using chemical signals as a basis of a sophisticated communication system. In many instances, chemical signals can provide more detailed and accurate information than any other mode of communication, yet this world is hidden from us because of our focus on visual and auditory signals.


Chemical ecology Chemical signals Human social cues Olfactory senses Pheromones

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Sensory EcologyBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

About the authors

Paul A. Moore is a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Moore Laboratory for Sensory Ecology studies the role that chemical signals play in an organism's ecological role.

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