CenSes Seminar

CenSes Seminar
12 June 2019, 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Room G3, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Dr Tristram Wyatt| University of Oxford 

A corporation interested in patenting ‘human pheromones’ for profit created a long lasting myth that has drawn in many scientists as well as the general public. I describe what went wrong. As humans are mammals, we may well have pheromones (chemical signals within a species). However, identifying pheromones remains challenging, particularly in mammals. The story of molecules claimed to be ‘putative human pheromones’ provides a classic example of bad science carried out by good scientists. The ‘reproducibility crisis’ in psychology may include some human olfactory research including work using ‘human pheromones’. Ways to create better, more reliable science are being mapped by psychology researchers, with an emphasis on enhancing reproducibility and using approaches from open science.


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