Judgements of attractiveness of the opposite sex and nostril differences in self-rated mood: The effects of androstenol.

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Date: Jan. 2022
From: Biological Psychology(Vol. 167)
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 299 words

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Keywords Androstenes; Androstenol; Attractiveness; Cerebral lateralisation; Olfaction Highlights * Androstenol increased the perceived attractiveness of photographs of the opposite sex. * This effect did not depend upon the odour of androstenol being perceived as pleasant. * There were nostril differences in the effect of andostrenol on self-rated mood. Abstract Androstenol has been reported to influence judgements of attractiveness and to affect participants' mood. In the present study, participants were asked to sniff androstenol or a control odour (pure ethanol) unilaterally with the left or right nostril. Subsequently, they rated the attractiveness of photographs of the opposite sex and their own feelings on four mood scales. Participants rated the photographs as significantly more attractive after sniffing androstenol compared with the control odour. This did not depend upon androstenol being perceived as pleasant. Androstenol made male participants feel more lively, and both male and female participants more sexy, when sniffed through the right compared with the left nostril. Participants rated themselves as more irritable and aggressive when exposed to androstenol through the left nostril. The findings are discussed in relation to the effects of arousal on attraction and in the context of current theories of hemispheric differences in emotion. Author Affiliation: (a) Department of Psychology, College of Human and Health Sciences, University of Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP, UK (b) Department of Psychology, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, Wales SY23 3UX, UK (c) School of Psychology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, Dame Margaret Barbour Building, Wallace Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE2 4DR, UK * Correspondence to: 4 Chesham Place, Barnham, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO22 0FE, UK. Article History: Received 26 May 2021; Revised 27 November 2021; Accepted 30 November 2021 Byline: Alan A. Beaton [a.a.beaton@swansea.ac.uk] (a,b,*), Lowri Jones (a), David Benton (a), Gareth Richards (c)

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A688257673