Human body odours: exploring chemical signatures

FAU own research funding: EFI / IZKF / EAM ...

Start date : 01.04.2019

End date : 31.03.2021

Project details

Short description

Chemical signals play a major role in physiological processes and are potent modulators of behaviour. The possible implication of chemosensory information in human social interaction, however, has long been neglected. Despite this, evidence is accumulating that an individual’s chemical signature bears not only information about genetically determined traits, but also about transient states such as the individual’s emotional or health status. The emerging field of human chemocommunication hence offers the intriguing possibility to make use of body odour signatures as an unobtrusive measure of internal states. The goal of this project is to develop tools for a new chemocommunication platform that is about to be established in a collaborative project of this consortium, including data scientists, psychologists, medical scientists, and chemists.


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