Keynote Address: Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Human Social Chemosignaling in Health and Disease

Keynote speaker: Noam Sobel, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Most animals communicate using social chemosignals, namely chemicals emitted by one member of the species that then produce hormonal and behavioral changes in other members of the species. Such communication is prevalent in insects and terrestrial mammals, and mounting evidence implies that it is also common in human behavior, albeit primarily at a subliminal level. In his presentation, Sobel describes his findings on mechanisms of human chemosignaling in both health and disease. Based on these findings, he argues that, in contrast to common notions, humans are highly olfactory animals, and body-odors dominate our social behavior.

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