Pheromones Essay

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Pheromones

Pheromones


Do you often wonder what makes someone attracted to you or what makes
you attracted to that other person? Sometimes you can look at the person and
not even be attracted to their looks, but you feel compelled to talk to them or
just contact them in any form. These urges could be induced by a compound group
most commonly called "Pheromones."

Pheromonesfair'-uh-mohn} (from the Greek pher, "to carry" and horman
"to stimulate") are chemicals released by organisms into the environment, where
they serve as signals or messages to alter behavior in other organisms of the
same species. Pheromones are a class of compounds that insects and animals
produce to attract members of their own species. These compounds are secreted by
the body in very small amounts but are never-the-less effective in producing
instinctive behavior when detected by the nose. In insects and animals, most
sexual and social behavior is controlled by pheromones.

Humans have used perfumes for thousands of years, but there is a basic
difference between perfume and pheromones. Pheromones are produced by the body
and usually do not smell at all pleasant, whereas perfumes are either
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