Pheromones and falling in love

April 28, 2013 | James Kohl

How Do You Know When You Are In Love? bookDifferent Types of Love: passive love and active love; love at first sight. Published on April 25, 2013 by Philippa Perry in How to Stay Sane

Excerpt: “There are other factors that add to this falling in love feeling – unromantic things such as a complimentary immune system that we instinctively recognise via our olfactory systems…”

My comment: In our award-winning 2001 Neuroendocrinology Letters review: ‘Human pheromones: integrating neuroendocrinology and ethology,’we wrote:

“The ‘affective primacy hypothesis’ [5] asserts that positive and negative affective reactions can be evoked with minimal stimulus input and virtually no cognitive processing. Olfactory signals seem to induce emotional reactions whether or not a chemical stimulus is consciously perceived. We theorize that the importance of human non-verbal signals is based upon information processing, which occurs in the limbic system, and without any cognitive (cortical) assessment. Affect thus does not require conscious interpretation of signal content. Underlying this fact is that affect dominates social interaction and it is the major currency in social interactions [6].”

If not for the unromantic reality of olfactory/pheromonal input, epigenetic effects on hormones, and affective primacy, more people might recognize their animalistic behaviors. They could then think before playing the fool in ‘love’ in one failed relationship after another.

Commitment merely involves thought and not acting like an animal. Clearly, that’s why some people can commit, and why others cannot.



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.