WOMEN HAVE A STRONGER SENSE OF SMELL THAN MEN

Their nose knows bet­ter.

Woman's Era - - Contents - C. K. Subra­ma­niam

OUR PER­CEP­TION OF SMELLS, AND TO A LESSER DE­GREE, THE SMELLS WE EMIT, ARE VERY FUNC­TIONAL, EVOLVED TO GUIDE OUR AN­CES­TORS TO SUR­VIVAL OF THEIR LINE. EVO­LU­TION­ARY, MEN ARE MORE COM­PET­I­TIVE, WOMEN ARE MORE CO­OP­ER­A­TIVE.

The ge­netic vari­a­tion from per­son to per­son de­ter­mines that some peo­ple have slightly more smell re­cep­tors in their noses than oth­ers. Peo­ple who work in scent-re­lated jobs like in­vent­ing per­fume, have a stronger sense of smell. This is due to fre­quent ex­po­sure to dif­fer­ent smells. It is gen­er­ally be­lieved that women have a bet­ter sense of smell than men.

Our per­cep­tion of smells, and to a lesser de­gree, the smells we emit, are very func­tional, evolved to guide our an­ces­tors to sur­vival of their line.evo­lu­tion­ary, men are more com­pet­i­tive, women are more co­op­er­a­tive. We there­fore, evolved for male's smell to be more con­fronting. For a man, an­other man is a com­peti­tor for re­pro­duc­tion. For a woman, an­other woman is a likely part of a safety net­work. As far as the other gen­der is con­cerned, it is evo­lu­tion­ary more im­por­tant for a woman to find a healthy man, so women evolved to be more sen­si­tive to male smell.

Women have a bet­ter sense of smell than men, prob­a­bly be­cause they have more brain cells as per sci­ence. Hu­mans can re­mem­ber a scent with 65 per cent ac­cu­racy af­ter a whole year. Women's finer senses of smell par­tially ex­plain ob­ser­va­tions like women keep­ing cleaner homes than men, and their be­ing pick­ier about food. Women choose to wear fra­grance more than men, and it seems to be more for them­selves than for the ben­e­fit of their male part­ners. It is more dif­fi­cult to mask a man's nat­u­ral odour from a woman than it is to mask a woman's nat­u­ral odour from a man, which is why you can get away with that third-day sweat shirt around him, but his ap­palls you. That is why the women need a bet­ter sense of smell.

On stan­dard tests of smelling abil­ity, in­clud­ing odour de­tec­tion, dis­crim­i­na­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, the women con­sis­tently score sig­nif­i­cantly higher than men. One re­searcher has claimed that the su­pe­rior ol­fac­tory abil­ity of fe­males is ev­i­dent even in new­born ba­bies. It is also pos­si­ble, how­ever, that many stud­ies have not taken into ac­count the changes in fe­male sen­si­tiv­ity hor­mones as the rea­son for their stronger sense of smell than men.

OUTPERFORMING

While it was known that males and fe­males greatly dif­fered in their per­cep­tual eval­u­a­tion of odours, with women outperforming men on many kinds of smell tests, there was no ev­i­dence for bi­o­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences that would ac­count for this.

Since smells are linked to ex­pe­ri­ences and emo­tions, the su­pe­rior ca­pa­bil­ity in women sug­gests a in­creased cog­ni­tive or emo­tional fea­ture than just a per­cep­tual one, the sci­en­tists have sug­gested. The fact that few cells are added to our brains through­out life sug­gests that women are al­ready born with th­ese ex­tra cells.

Women are bom­barded with ad­ver­tise­ments about odours. Fem­i­nine odours, body odour, se­duc­tive per­fume odours, bad breath odours, even pet odours. I don't think men care as much and their aware­ness is not as high. We

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