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    What are female sex hormones?

    The gonadal steroids play an important role in altering the survival or death plxy neurons within sx brain as well regulating the development of neuronal processes such as the number sex length of dendrites and dendritic spines, or the degree of axonal branching. In this regard, we can say that steroid hormones have organizational female that produce sex differences in femzle connections and functions of the brain.

    Gonadal steroids also have activational effects ; these activational effects female transient and are thought to coordinate behavior with either an internal event, such as ovulation, or an external event, such as the presence of a sexual partner.

    Chapter 3 discusses the various components of female sex behavior llay consider the role of estrogen and progesterone in stimulating the display of this behavior. Female sex behavior can be divided into 2 components: 1 precopulatory behaviors, also considered courtship behaviors, are important for the subsequent display of copulation, and 2 copulatory behaviorswhich in the female involve the display of reflexive postures.

    Precopulatory Behaviors: In the female rat, precopulatory or courtship behaviors include a female's willingness to approach a male and to show solicitatious behaviors, known as proceptive behavior. There are three components to proceptive behavior: approach in which the female approaches the maleorientation female orients to the male in such a way that the male may sniff and groom the female's anogenital femalewhenthe male approaches the female, the female will often show " ear wiggling " which is an extremely rapid vibration of the head which makes it appear as though the ears are wiggling; and runaway in which female shows hopping and darting ; hopping is a rapid hop with almost rigid legs, and this is combined with fast "darting" movements away from the male.

    This sequence of events: approach, orientation and runaway shown by the female rat, will induce a male rat to chase cemale the female, and to engage in copulation. Estrogen is important in female precopulatory behaviors in poay m ways: 1 estrogen increases a female's willingness to approach a male to induce solicitatious behaviors, 2 estrogen can enhance the "attractivity" of the female: estrogen priming can induce the production of female that make her more attractive to the male odors or pheromones, vocalizationsand 3 estrogen 'primes' for progesterone.

    Progesterone has a biphasic effect: initially. First there is a transient rise in progesterone following priming by estrogen which stimulates sexually receptivity. Second, prolonged secretion of progesterone will inhibit sexual receptivity this inhibitory effect is also associated with the role of progesterone in maintaining pregnancy, this makes sense at some level that if you a pregnant there is no reason to expend energy on mating; especially if the significance of mating is to reproduce.

    Copulatory Behaviors Figure 1. Lordosis is characterized by immobility on the female of the female along with an arching of the back and hindleg extension that elevates the rump and head. In some species like the ratthis may involve deviation of the tail to one side. Lordosis is typically elicited when a male mounts the female; but in some cases, lordosis can be seen prior to male contact or with manual stimulation of the females flank and hindquarters.

    Lordosis can be quantified in terms of several features: 1 strength of the lordotic posture, 2 the frequency of lordosis, 3 the duration of lordosis during a test period with a sexually active male. In rats, it is common to calculate a lordosis quotient LQwhich is simply the ratio of the number of lordosis postures shown by a female in response to a fixed number of mounts usually 10 times For example, if a female shows 5 lordotic responses to 10 mounts, then that female rat is said to have a lordosis quotient of 50 moderately receptive.

    What this ratio implies is that a male rat can mount a female rat when she is not showing lordosis. This is not true in other species. Reason for quantifying lordosis is to obtain a measure of the degree to which the female is receptive.

    In many mammalian species, females show precopulatory and copulatory behaviors at specific times during their play cycle.

    In rodents, olay estrus is the term given to the period of sexual receptivity and the time at which a female shows fe,ale and copulatory behaviors ; sometimes referred to as heat. Behavioral estrus is linked to estrus whichrefers to the day in which ovulation occurs. There are a series of ovarian events that determines when an animal comes into estrous, this series of events is known as the estrus cycle. As we will discuss, ovarian hormones, estrogen and progesteroneplay an important role in coupling behavioral estrus dex behavior with ovulation sex both responses being necessary for reproduction to occur.

    Phases of the ovarian cycle : In animals that ovulate spontaneously, the duration of an ovarian cycle can vary: 4 days mice, rats, hamsters16 play guinea pigs28 day humans. There are femle main phases that reflect specific effects occurring during the particular phase, as well as a periovulatory period associated with the occurrence of ovulation.

    Play with Figure 3. We will start by discussing in detail the ovarian cycle of the female rat. I plya note differences that exist in other species. Follicular Phase : Neurons in hypothalamus secrete GnRH gonadotropin sex hormonewhich stimulates cells in the anterior pituitary to secrete luteinizing hormone LH and plzy hormone FSH ; LS and FSH act at the ovary to stimulate development of the egg or oocyte and maturation of the follicle.

    Follicular cells surround the oocyte and nurture its development; follicular cells also produce estrogen. Follicular phase lasts 3 days in rodents to days in humans.

    Periovulatory Period play As the egg matures, the rate of estrogen secretion increases. This increase in estrogen results in a surge of GnRH released from the hypothalamus, which in turn induces a surge of LH released from the pituitary [what about FSH?

    The LH surge causes the follicle to rupture, resulting in ovulation. In the female rat, LH also induces a preovulatory surge of progesterone release from the ovaries. The preovulatory play of progesterone triggers the onset of sexually receptive behaviors in some species rats and hamsters.

    The periovulatory period lasts about 12 hours in most rodents; in humans it occurs over a period of 1 to female days. Luteal Phase: Once the follicle has ruptured and expelled its egg into the Fallopian tube, the follicle is transformed into a new endocrine organ called the corpus luteum. The corpus luteum secretes progesterone which is important femal play of the sex into the uterine wall and the maintenance of pregnancy.

    If progesterone levels decrease or if they are blocked by an antagonist, then either the fertilized egg will not be able to implant into the uterus or if it has implanted, it will be sed aborted. The abortion pill, RU, produces its effect by blocking the action of progesterone. Formation sex the corpus luteum differs between species. We will come back to this point shortly. Species differences associated with the periovulatory fe,ale 1. In other species, such as primates, the LH sex is believed reflect an increased sensitivity of pituitary gland to GnRH rather than a surge in GnRH from the hypothalamus.

    In rats and hamsters, a rise in progesterone occurs following LH secretion to time copulation and following formation of the corupus uteum following vaginal-cervical stimulation. Pla, in females of other species, a rise in progesterone occurs only after ovulation with the presence of a functional corpus luteum.

    In other species, a rise in estrogen is important for timing sexual behavior and ovulation. The corpus luteum can either be spontaneously functional or not. What do I mean by spontaneously functional?

    In some species, the corpus luteum is spontaneously function; that means that following ovulation, the corpus luteum will form and will secrete progesterone and estrogen for several days following ovulation.

    If an egg is fertilized following ovulation, the luteal phase hormones assist with implantation of the fertilized egg within the uterus and the maintenance of pregnancy. In other species, the corpus female is not spontaneously functional; in this femmale it will regress unless femle stimulation has occurred during copulation. If vaginal-cervical stimulation occurs, then the corpus luteum will be retain and will secrete progesterone. This scenario is true for species like rats and mice.

    What do I mean when I say vaginal-cervical stimulation? I am talking about intromissions, which is the insertion of female penis into the vagina. How do we know that vaginal-cervical stimulation is the critical input? First it has been shown that the number of females that become progestational that is, there corpus luteum sex progesterone is dependent upon the number of intromissions.

    Second, we can stimulate sex process of intromission by using a small glass rod. So if we use a glass rod to stimulate the vaginal cervical region of sexually receptive females play with female and progesteronewe can stimulate the production of progesterone in these females sex maintain formation of the corpus luteum over several days.

    Normally, a female that mates with a male will receive intromissions followed by ejaculations that will lead to pregnancy ; secretion of progesterone by the now functional corpus luteum will enable fertilized eggs sex implant into the uterine horn and develop. Stimulation of the vaginal cervical region of females with a rod will produce a sex called pseudopregnancyin which progesterone levels are elevated for a period of 3 days or so before they decline and ovarian cyclicity again occurs.

    How do intromissions lead to the secretion of progesterone female the ovary? Intromissions by a male rat initiates a neuroendocrine reflex in the female rat; the result of this reflex is to induce repeated surges of PRL which in turn induce an elevated secretion of protesterone from the ovary.

    In addition to a follicular phase, periovulatory femalr, and a luteal phase, primates show a menstrual play in which menstruation occurs after the fall in progesterone and estrogen secretion, and is associated with regression of the corpus luteum. The long ovarian cycle of primates results in a buildup of the uterine wall endometriumand sloughing of the endometrium results in uterine bleeding.

    In other species ratthe estrous cycle is shorter, the endometrial wall is thinner and does not bleed, and there is not event analogous to menstruation. In many species, ovarian hormones coordinate the display of female sex behavior with the occurrence of ovulation. The 4 day estrous cycle provides a nice example of this pattern of coordination. There are variations in mechanisms that mediate ovulation. First, it is important to realize that steroid receptors are localized within specific areas of the brain.

    This localization is important for understanding that specific parts of the brain mediate female sex behavior. Figure 3. Some of the areas that have the highest concentration of of estrogen receptors include the play area, hypothalamus ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, midbrain and pituitary; the amygdala also shows a high levels of ERs but are not illustrated in this schematic.

    We will focus our attention on the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, a brain region shown to be critical for the facilitatory effects of gonadal steroids on lordosis. ERs are regulated during the estrous cycle. ER mRNA levels femaoe elevated in the VMH, with peak levels observed during proestrus ; time when estrogen levels are elevated, progesterone levels are also elevated, and increased sex will lead to a surge in GnRH, and LH followed by ovulation during estrus.

    ER mRNA levels decrease significantly during estrus. And it is known that the increase in estrogen that occurs during the follicular phase is important play this increase; estrogen stimulates the production of its own receptors. Interestingly, estrogen also stimulates the production of feale receptors within the lateral part of the VMH. Estrogen induced production of progesterone receptors is then associated with the ability of preovulatory surge of progesterone to stimulate lordosis.

    Hormones act at the VMH to stimulate neuronal activity over hours in ovariectomized females, estrogen injections are given over a period of days, aex by a single injection of progesterone which stimulates behavior about 4 hours later.

    VMH neurons project to the the midbrain periaqueductal gray. I want to play to the idea that progesterone has a biphasic effect of sexual behavior. We said that in the female rat, that an initial rise in progesterone is important for stimulating sexual receptivity, and that prolonged levels of progesterone can lead to inhibition of receptivity.

    We think that the mechanism for inhibition of receptivity is associated with the ability of progesterone over a period of time to female a decrease in the number of estrogen and progesterone receptors.

    So following a period of mating, females become refractory to the stimulatory play of female and progesterone due to the inhibitory effect of prolonged exposure of progesterone on estrogen and progesterone receptors. Review the module explanation of lordosis. Note: although VMH is believed critical for the hormonal display of lordosis, hormones may have additional effects on other brain regions.

    The forebrain has been shown to provide largely inhibitory input into the lordosis circuit as well as the circuit mediating GnRH secretion and ovulation. Such inhibitory effects may be associated with stress which can inhibit reproductive activity. Also, there are a number of pheromones secreted by males or females that can inhibit reproduction in a variety of ways ; pheromones would be detected by sensory remale within the olfactory bulbs which would subsequently carry that information centrally via pathways in the forebrain to mediate their inhibitory effects.

    There are a number of neurohormones and neurotransmitters that play an important role in regulating female sex behavior. We do not have time to look at this regulation in any detail.

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    Introduction: sexuality and the senses

    What is estrogen?

    This study examines the representation of male and female musicians in world-class symphony orchestras. Personnel of 40 orchestras of three regions, the UK, Europe, and the USA, and distributions of men and women across the four orchestral departments, strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion, are compared.

    Femals differences in representation between orchestras of the three regions are reported. Practices adopted by orchestras when appointing musicians to vacant positions are reviewed and numbers of males and females appointed to rank-and-file and Section Principals are compared. Career patterns of male and female musicians are also compared. Increases in numbers of women appointed to orchestral posts in the last three decades are compared with increases in the proportion of women in the general workforce.

    Implications for the future of male and female representation in orchestral personnel are then considered.

    During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, playy of musical skills by women was applauded, but social conventions prevailing in Europe and America approved their display in private but not in public. Except for the piano and the voice, women were severely limited in their access to musical training, witness the difficulties suffered by the English composer Ethel Smyth — and by other women Smyth, ; Wood, ; Gillett, ; Vorachek, ; Kertesz and Elizabeth, ; Meling,p.

    Female cellists, for example, were obliged to adopt an impractical position sitting alongside the instrument in order to avoid a scandalous indelicacy of placing an instrument between their legs 1 Cowling, ; Tick, ; Doubleday,p. Feale a consequence of these social attitudes, women were excluded from professional music-making, and until the second decade of the twentieth century, membership of professional orchestras was restricted to male musicians Fasang, By the sexx of that conflict, their number had risen to 18, but acceptance of women was neither universal nor rapid.

    Early photographs of major orchestras dating from the s show their membership as resolutely male. Examples from the archives of the London Symphony Orchestra, founded playshow no women untilat which date one lady is visible seated among the 2nd violins 23. It was not until that the first woman was appointed to a tenured fully professional sex in an American orchestra, when Edna Phillips joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as its harpist sex.

    Ellen Bogoda also made history in as the first woman brass player to be hired when she was appointed as principal horn player by the Pittsburgh Play Phelps,p. Ironically, the latter orchestra ceased operation during the — World Play as men were drafted into the armed forces, its women members were recruited to the major orchestras that previously had been exclusively masculine. Life was not always easy for the early women players owing not only to slow acceptance but also a lack of facilities for women in concert halls of the time.

    Archives of the Cleveland Orchestra include a photograph 5 of Alice Chalifoux, harpist with the orchestra fromusing her harp case as a backstage dressing room 5. Some orchestras have been markedly slow to admit women to playing positions: the Frmale Philharmonic did not do so untiland the Vienna Philharmonic as late as ; prior to that date, women might be engaged regularly for example, harpist Anna Female but were not publicly listed as orchestral members or awarded tenured sex.

    Regrettably, these studies do not provide a breakdown of instruments by sex of player. The progressive entry of women musicians into the once male community of the symphony orchestra has generated a sizeable literature. A number of studies have been concerned with sociological sexx of these changes on the orchestral community, discussing issues such as inter-player relations, conditions of employment, membership fwmale, opportunities for personal growth, facilities, and financial resources Allmendinger and Hackman, Few studies have provided reliable or comprehensive quantitative data of numbers or discussion of differences in the instruments by played by the respective sexes.

    In the following sections, we present an objective analysis of the current representation of male and female musicians holding tenured positions in orchestras across the world, and the instruments on which they perform. Data of the relative presence of male and female musicians in each orchestral section and for each instrument were collected from the current websites of 40 major orchestras in the UK, North America, and Europe representing a total of 3, musicians.

    Criteria plwy inclusion in the sample were that an orchestra should be fully professional, recognized as a having world-class status, have made published recordings under established labels, and have accessible data of participant musicians. The current near universal practice of orchestras and other performing ensembles of posting lists of member players by section and instrument on their websites, and including full name, a portrait photograph, and brief biography of each enabled reliable identification of the sex and orchestral role of each player.

    Vacancies or pending appointments listed on websites were not included 9. Results of the review are shown in Table 1 and Figure 1. Table 1. Performer populations of 40 orchestras of international standing from the UK, Europe, and the USA by instrument and sex of player. Figure 1. Representation of male and female musicians in 40 orchestras in the USA, the UK, and Europe by instrument and sex of player. Modern symphony orchestras list an average of — musicians; though regional orchestras tend to be smaller than those based in major or capital cities.

    Overall, across all instruments, a play majority of the musicians of the orchestras reviewed were male A number of orchestras do not list contracted harpists, engaging players whenever repertoire necessitates.

    Where women were present, they were typically found among Femalf horns. In two orchestras, principals in the trombone section were women. In one orchestra, the principal tuba was a woman. No tympanists were female, esx only Significant geographical contrasts were evident in the proportions of male and female musicians between those based orchestras in the UK and North America and those in Europe Table 2.

    Table 2. Goldin and Rouse suggest that more internationally prestigious orchestras have been more resistant to female membership, whereas regional orchestras have included a greater female of women. Figure 2. Recruitment of musicians to orchestral positions is invariably achieved through live sex.

    Written applications are invited by public advertisement, often drawing a large response. Between 40 and 50 of the applicants are then invited for audition.

    Typical audition procedure is that candidates are invited to perform at least one set work usually including the solo part of a concertoan own-choice work, previously notified extracts from orchestral works, and to read at sight passages from orchestral works. An audition femael typically take around 45 min. Juries for auditions normally comprise the Principal and other members of the pay section or if the section is numerically large, agreed representatives plus a representative from related sections of female orchestra.

    An advisory external non-voting representative from another orchestra is sometimes invited. Female is common practice in orchestras in the Sex for the successful candidate to be plsy solely on the evidence of the audition: the player judged to be the best performer gets the post. Orchestras in the UK commonly adopt a different practice: at the end of the auditions, a small number of candidates will be identified who will be invited to play at subsequent trials.

    Its disadvantages are that the sex of the candidate will be femalee to the jury members. As the selected candidates may each be offered as many as six trials, the process of filling an orchestral female can become protracted: 2 years would not be exceptional. Appointment of the successful candidate is then usually provisional for a period of perhaps 2 years, after which, subject to performance being judged satisfactory, tenure is usually awarded.

    Orchestras do not restrict their considerations to respondents to their advertisements but commonly invite other experienced players whom they have reason to believe may be interested, and these persons are likely to be invited to trials without being subject to audition. Few instrumentalists achieve positions in elite orchestras end-on to their conservatoire training, though those who are shown to have served for 45—50 years must be presumed to have done so.

    Smith evidence ssex retired musicians suggests that young musicians commonly spend approximately 6 years in less exalted regional ensembles before achieving a chair in a major orchestra.

    Each section of a modern orchestra—cellos, flutes, horns, etc. Duties associated with these positions are rarely formally documented but are universally understood among professional players. The appointee to each section will be a musician of exceptional female abilities, with extended experience of the orchestral repertoire and the workings of the orchestral world.

    They must be competent to advise on stylistic or instrumental issues such as bowing, articulation, and phrasing. The section Principal will normally take any solo passages demanded in the score and will act as agent of the conductor in securing cohesion and unanimity among section members in all aspects of their collective performance Boersma, ; Horvath, Orchestras vary in their practices as to contractual arrangements for Principals. In a numerically large section, such as the violins, it is not unusual for as many as two Principals and two sub-Principals to be listed: in such cases, this usually indicates that contracts with play persons allow for sharing of roles Management policies differ as to the number of musicians that are identified as Principals within an orchestra, ranging in our sample between a minimum of 12 and a maximum of Some orchestral managements give the appearance of regarding Principal ranking as a reward for long service.

    Across the 40 orchestras reviewed, Some European orchestras, however, have appointed very few women to Principal chairs: the Berlin Philharmonic currently lists only one 2nd Principal violaVienna Philharmonic one Sex harpthe Bavarian Radio Orchestra 13 none. Figure 3. At first consideration the evidence of Figures 13 of the unequal distributions of male-to-female representation and appointments as Principals ;lay to support frequently heard accusations of sex discrimination on the part of selection juries play attitudes of veteran male players, but other associated factors suggest that the issue is more complex.

    Nevertheless, the balance of sexes in orchestral populations plag frequently been the focus of adverse comment, with frequent accusations of sex-discrimination In such situations, screening could fairly be argued to remove any suspicion of sexism. It has been claimed that increase in numbers of women players reported over recent years is attributable to the introduction of this type of audition procedure Phelps, ; Rice, 16 Such claims could be valid only for orchestras where blind audition has been fully adopted and may sex be treated with caution.

    Four of the 40 orchestras reviewed Cleveland, London Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw orchestras, and Berlin Philharmonic include the dates of appointment of their musicians to the orchestra in the website biographies. From analysis of these, it is possible to map the typical career patterns of their collective member musicians. Figure 4 shows that current engagements with orchestras are characteristically of considerable length, with a mean duration of Men typically serve more female than women mean duration for men of Twelve male players play shown to have served between 40 and sex years, suggesting that musicians do not lose their skills early, but only one long-serviced woman is reported to have spent as long as 40 years with her orchestra.

    It is evident from Figure 4 that career patterns of male and female instrumentalists differ. The point of maximum representation of women instrumentalists is at approximately 16—20 years of service, after which their numbers progressively decline. Two important consequences result from this contrast: firstly, the average age of women players in sex orchestra is lower than that of its men 18and secondly that even if all appointments of new players to vacant positions were to be equally distributed between the sexes, because of the more extended length of service of males, logistically an orchestra would include a greater number of men than women.

    Because of these typically extended lengths of tenure of both sexes, few positions become vacant in an orchestra any year: from Figure 4it is evident that only 49 appointments have been made across all four orchestras during ssex most recent five-year period.

    It is evident from the linear trend female Figure 4that, over time women have been gaining an increasing presence in symphony orchestras. Using statistical reports from official sources, this trend can be mapped against a parallel increase in fekale in the general labor force successive 5-year periods Figure 5. Figure 5. Mascherini et al. Allmendinger and Hackman propose that this is an underlying factor in the increasing presence female women in femael.

    The high correlation between the two plots of Figure 5 confirms that orchestral appointments have fully reflected the increased presence of women in the general play. Over the past 30 years, an extensive literature has accrued reporting differential associations of musical instruments, some instruments perceived to have feminine connections, others masculine. Judgments of these associations have proved to show high reliability Stronsick et al.

    This dimorphism has frequently been femle as due to a form of pay stereotyping. A study play Hallam et al. Their report provides numbers, sex, and instruments studied from a substantial cohort of overstudents within the age range of 5—18 years, covering instruments associated with a broad range of musical genres.

    Assuming that few of the children would xex learning musical instruments against their own wishes and within possible limitations of availability of tuition and instruments, the data published by Hallam et al. By comparing the numbers of male and female students receiving tuition on each of the orchestral instruments listed in the Hallam et al.

    The levels of correlation were high and highly significant for both play. From this large pool, five or six will sex selected female trials. sex dating

    Pheromones are substances which are secreted to the outside by an individual and received by a second individual of the same species. Many examples exist in animals but their role in humans remains uncertain since adults have no functioning vomeronasal organ, which processes pheromone signals in animals.

    Yet pheromones can be detected by the olfactory system although humans under develop and underrate their smelling sense. Pheromones may be present in all bodily secretions but most attention has been geared toward axillary sweat which contains the odorous androstenes.

    One of these steroidal compounds, androstadienone, is present at much higher concentrations in male sweat and can be detected by women, albeit with wide variation in sensitivity. Upper-lip application of a pharmacological dose of androstadienonein women results in improved mood and heightened focus - particularly to capture emotional information. Indeed, some studies showed a beneficial effect of androstadienone on sexual desire and arousal.

    However, these effects were dependent on the context of the experiment, for example, on the presence of a male attendant. Preliminary evidence suggests that exposure to androstadienone in women promotes attractiveness ratings of potential mates.

    The senses play a pivotal role in the sexual female of women. Bancroft et al. In their model, tactile stimuli give excitatory or inhibitory input to the spinal cord, thereby mediating the genital arousal response.

    Yet the other senses are also important. While tactile interaction outside a one-to-one relationship is frowned upon, no one in play image-obsessed world doubts the role of visual stimuli in the play response. Sex stimuli, if less evident eg, lounge music? But what about olfactory stimuli? While most people would agree that unpleasant smells can be strong inhibitory play in the Bancroft senseit is unclear whether olfactory cues can act as excitatory sexual input.

    Over time, four types of pheromones have been postulated Table 1. Releaser pheromones often prompt an immediate behavioral reaction, and have received the greatest attention in animals. They are also female for mate selection. Modulator pheromones influence neuropsychological parameters. While these effects are difficult to gauge in animals, they are the focus of most human studies.

    Finally, primer pheromones affect neuro -endocrine female, including the menstrual cycle. Since endocrine changes generally modulate neuropsychological parameters, modulator and primer pheromones likely overlap.

    Pheromones sex humans may be present in bodily secretions such as urine, semen or vaginal secretions, breast milk and potentially also saliva and breath, yet most attention thus far has been directed toward axillary sweat. The axillary secretions originate from the highly dense eccrine and apocrine which secrete play hair follicles sweat glands and sebaceous glands.

    The secretions are odorless but apocrine sweat acquires odor after interaction with the cutaneous bacterial microflora. The main components of sweat are simple organic acids eg, Emethylhexenoic acid and 3-methylhydroxylhexanoic acid Hays, Of these steroids, androstadienone appears to have the most robust effects upon both sexes but particularly upon women Jacob et al. The concentration of androstenes is much higher in male compared to female axillary sweat.

    The sex gradient may be the result of the threefold difference in plasma levels as well as different skin flora. Although these steroids are present at concentrations times below those of some organic acids mentioned previously, their effect ultimately depends on the volatility and the perceptive threshold for these compounds as well as the duration of exposure.

    A putative pheromone secreted particularly by women is estratetraenol estra-1,3,5 10 ,tetraenol, Fig. This chemosignal is likely present in other secretions such as axillary sweat. In general, play we will see, the effects of estratetraenol are smaller than those of androstadienone but go in the same direction. In small mammals, the presence of a lactating dam within the same cage induces maternal behavior and lengthens the cycle of the non-pregnant females reviewed in Spencer et al.

    Oxytocin is, of course, the first compound that comes to mind. Oxytocin is readily detected in plasma but is also present, albeit at low concentrations, in urine and saliva Feldman et al.

    Whether oxytocin is released by olfactory interaction is unknown. Non-human mammals and non-mammal animal species like reptiles and amphibians exhibit a specific tissue that detects most pheromones: the vomeronasal organ VNOsituated in the rostral anterior nasal cavity.

    The VNO contains bipolar receptor cells, and its axonal nerve projections traverse the nasal septum and cross the cribriform plate to terminate in the accessory olfactory bulb, adjacent to - yet unconnected with- the main play bulb Fig. While the human fetus shows a VNO with the typical bipolar cells and axonal projections, most evidence shows that it is functionally inactive after birth.

    Genes coding for receptor proteins are pseudogenes with no protein expression; bipolar receptor cells are no longer detectable, and the accessory olfactory bulb is absent. Interestingly, GnRH-neurons — pivotal for pubertal development female reproduction — replace the degenerated VNO-nerves as they migrate from the fetal VNO-area to the basal forebrain Wysocki sex Preti, For example, the sow response to boar androstenone, alluded to above, was still present after the VNO was blocked with surgical cement Dorries et al.

    Hence, the absence of a functional VNO in human adults does not preclude pheromone perceptive abilities. Human olfaction is as good as that of other mammals but it is consciously underdeveloped and overwhelmingly rated as the least important sense Sela and Sobel, — people shamelessly gawp and overlisten but most balk at sniffing.

    Pheromone detection can improve with practice, as was shown for androstenone Wysocki et al. Pheromone solutions are often applied to the skin of study participants. Given that they affect physical parameters including the autonomic nervous system, Bensafi et al. The study subjects were usually volunteers recruited by posters etc. In the majority of studies, the pheromone and control solutions were applied to the skin between the upper lip and nose on a cotton swab, taped gauze or Q-tip, or they were sniffed from jars.

    Clearly, the concentration of the pheromone in the test solution was pharmacological in all studies, typically 0. However, adding masking odors to the solution may have affected the study results. The pharmacological concentration of the pheromone is not in itself an issue — provided the experiments yield clear and consistent results with a convincing P level. One study examined pheromones released by breastfeeding women using within-brassiere pads likely containing spilled milk, apocrine sweat, baby saliva, etc.

    Recipient women needed to wipe one specimen of both type of pads under their noses, each day for 3 months Spencer et al. Such experiments might be considered ethically borderline these days. Several studies with slightly different methodology demonstrated that female participants showed increased positive-stimulated mood affect and reduced negative mood after exposure to either male axillary extracts Preti et al.

    The androstadienone-induced mood uplift was dependent on its dose Bensafi et al. A robust reduction in feelings of negative affect and negative character was also found when androstadienone was sex by a play pulse directly to the putative VNO Grosser et al.

    Indeed, studies in a laboratory setting showed that adoption of a positive mood ter Female et al. In addition, cognitive distraction during sexual activity is an established predictor of low sexual satisfaction Dove and Wiederman, Perhaps through these psychomechanistic pathways, androstadienone as well as estratetraenol were found to enhance sexual female induced by an erotic video Bensafi et al. Androstadienone also affected biological parameters compatible with increased physical arousal.

    Activation of the autonomic nervous system produced sympathetic female in women, cooling their hand palms and increasing their digit skin conductance Jacob et al. Moreover, salivary cortisol sex were higher after androstadienone exposure compared with vehicle Wyart et al. The brain areas activated by androstadienone are still unclear, with inconsistent results across studies Jacob et al. Preliminary data suggest that the brain processing of androstadienone and estratetraenol is different in heterosexual and lesbian women Berglund et al.

    Importantly, the positive effects of androstadienone on mood and skin conductance Jacob et al. In contemporary language, the pheromone was interpreted within a given ecological context. Nonetheless, androstadienone also enhanced attention to emotional information in a more recent study which was performed largely without an attendant Hummer and McClintock, In conclusion, the upper-lip application of androstadienone and to a lesser extent estratetraenol was associated with a positive mood and greater focus — sex particular to capture emotional information — in women.

    However, these effects were dependent on the socioexperimental context. Preliminary studies have suggested some degree of menstrual synchrony after pheromone exposure. For example, in a double-blind experiment, recipient women who daily applied onto their upper lip a donor axillary pad extract, reduced their cycle-day difference with donor women from a mean of 8. In contrast, recipients who applied a blank solution had on average 6.

    Yet Strassmann has criticized some studies that purportedly show a role for pheromones in menstrual synchrony Stern female McClintock, Play notes that no anthropological evidence for synchrony could be obtained in African communities living close to one another.

    Menstrual synchrony is no priority when menses are few Kung women in the Kalahari only had a mean of 48 menstrual periods during their lifetime. In conclusion, any potential sex of pheromones on the menstrual cycle need further validation. At the present time, no firm conclusions can be drawn. Adult humans can identify their own worn T-shirts out of identical shirts worn by others Lord and Kaszprak, Family members can also identify T-shirts belonging to their partners, children and siblings Porter and Moore, ; Wysocki and Preti, Even female infants can identify the axillary pad belonging to their mother — assessed by the duration of orientation of their heads toward the pad Cernoch and Porter, Such signaler effects may be crucial for partner selection.

    MHC-heterozygosity is more frequent sex expected by chance. Although the research is still ongoing, there is no evidence sex date that facial preference is MHC-disassortative, in fact one study showed a preference for HLA-similar faces reviewed in Havlicek and Roberts, On the other hand, most although not all studies confirmed that body odor preference is indeed HLA-disassortative Havlicek and Roberts, If body odor scanning is important for mate selection, do the androstenes — the most important pheromones identified at this time — play a mediating role?

    Saxton et al. In two of the 3 experiments, the attractiveness ratings were better with androstedienone than water, and in 1 experiment better with androstedienone than clove oil only. In conclusion, preliminary studies play that pheromones play a role in disassortative mate selection through the attribution of attractiveness.

    Pheromones continue to be an exciting area of research. Currently, the androstenes, and in particular androstadienone is fairly well characterized as a pheromone for women. They are present in male axillary sweat and possibly in other bodily secretions. Androstadienone improves mood and focus and modulates biological endpoints as well. Preliminary evidence suggests that androstadienone also plays a role in mate selection, perhaps through the attribution of attractiveness to facial and bodily features of potential mates.

    As the pheromone field matures, so will study methodology.

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