Human Body Odour Individuality

  • Pavlina Lenochova
  • Jan Havlicek


Humans produce temporarily stable, genetically mediated odour signatures and possess the ability to recognise, discriminate and identify other people through the sense of smell. The capability of self, gender, kin and non-kin odour recognition plays a role in social interactions. It seems that despite the stability of olfactory cues, the hedonic quality of body odour may vary over time.


Body Odour Olfactory Signature Apocrine Gland Hedonic Evaluation Odour Recognition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavlina Lenochova
    • 1
  • Jan Havlicek
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and Human GeneticsCharles UniversityHusnikova 2075Czech Republic

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