Do Pheromones Play a Role in Our Sex Lives: Scientific American

February 13, 2012 | James Kohl

Do Pheromones Play a Role in Our Sex Lives?

“Humans might use a nuanced concoction of chemicals even more complex than formal pheromones to attract potential mates. By Adam Hadhazy  | February 13, 2012 |

Excerpt: “Other work suggests that less familiar inputs might exist for a human pheromonal network. Investigations continue into a possible pheromone nerve, known as cranial nerve 0, or the terminal nerve. [For more about the terminal nerve, read “Sex and the Secret Nerve,” by Douglas Fields, in Scientific American MIND, February/March 2007.]…”


Fields has supporters, among them James Kohl, co-author of “The Scent of Eros,” a book on pheromones.

“He’s right on,” Kohl said. “We have known there is some physical link, but [nerve zero] really helps to define it. Maybe a lot of neuroscientists don’t know about it, but people who study the olfactory system and pheromones see that and say that’s really important.”



James Vaughn Kohl

James Vaughn Kohl

James Vaughn Kohl was the first to accurately conceptualize human pheromones, and began presenting his findings to the scientific community in 1992. He continues to present to, and publish for, diverse scientific and lay audiences, while constantly monitoring the scientific presses for new information that is relevant to the development of his initial and ongoing conceptualization of human pheromones.