The Influence of Sexual Orientation on Human Olfactory Function

  • Mark J.T. Sergeant
  • Jennifer Louie
  • Charles J. Wysocki


Sexual orientation influences human olfactory function. Following a brief review of the biological basis of homosexuality, this chapter explores exactly how olfactory function varies as a result of sexual orientation. Three separate areas of research are considered: recent studies on the neural processing of social odorants by heterosexuals and homosexuals; the influence of sexual orientation on the production and perception of body odours; and the influence of female sexual orientation on menstrual synchrony.


Sexual Orientation Menstrual Cycle Olfactory Function Homosexual Male Body Odour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark J.T. Sergeant
    • 1
  • Jennifer Louie
  • Charles J. Wysocki
  1. 1.Division of PsychologyNottingham Trent UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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