social priming doesn’t begin with a visual stimulus or a hormone like oxytocin in mammals. It begins with gene activation by a sensory stimulus
Kudos to them for moving us forward and away from random mutations theory to an era where geneticists and neuroscientists can examine sensory cause and effect in the proper perspective of an epigenetic continuum of unconscious affects on genomic interactions…
Olfactory/pheromonal input epigenetically causes the creation of new genes.
Why is our response to other people enhanced by nudity? In other species with eyes, their visual response is enhanced by olfactory/pheromonal input.
The honeybee is a model organism for understanding the epigenetic link from food odors and social odors to neural networks of the mammalian brain, which ultimately determine human behavior.
…we can only wonder about how much information is processed when odor receptors that number in the hundreds generate electrical signals associated with olfactory/pheromonal assessment of environmental factors associated with the colors we see.
I was still somewhat surprised that the women reported they were more attracted to the man when he was wearing the androsterone/androstenol mix.
For Richard L. Doty: Epigenetic effects help to dispel the psychological construct that the pheromones of any species from insects to mammals uniquely determine genetically predisposed social context-dependent endocrine responses or behavior in an invariant way.