Sex differences in response to the odor of alpha androstenone

Percept Mot Skills. 1990 Feb;70(1):216-8. doi: 10.2466/pms.1990.70.1.216.


Additional analyses of ratings by 98 male and 102 female college students assigned to one of four odor conditions showed no significant correlations for the methyl anthranilate or skatole odor conditions, but the pattern of correlations for men and women was different in the alpha androstenone condition, e.g., if men found alpha androstenone pleasant they tended to rate the target male positively.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Androstenes*
  • Attitude*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sensory Thresholds
  • Sex Factors
  • Smell*


  • Androstenes
  • androst-16-en-3-one