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Sweat of other scents, a new antidote to anxiety

NIUSMadrid Office of the Editor 03/26/2023 12:21 am

Preliminary results of the study were reported on ParisPexels

  • Scientists at the Karolinska Institutt in Stockholm are studying the connection between body odor and emotions in patients with social stress

  • 48 Women voluntarily undergo a treatment in which they smell sweat from strangers’ wings

  • Loss of sense of smell can cause shortness of breath

  • The evocative power of odors is well known; Therefore, it has the power to arouse emotions. although it is somewhat strange. Now we know that if you leave your deodorant behind, you’ll be doing your neighbor a favor. Be unaware, time for relaxation, resin for anxiety.

    That’s what Swedish scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm believe – or try to prove – who this week presented preliminary research on the effects of the smell of sweat as a stress-reducing factor at a medical meeting in Paris.

    One of the first conclusions is that the smell of sweat generated in the wings activates the brain connection linked to emotions and can increase calmness. They believe that body odors are a reflection of our emotional state, and that those emotions can be transmitted to those who perceive our scent.

    A relationship between loss of smell, which prevents us from perceiving the smell of loved ones or food, and depression has been documented.


    The method method has two steps. The first is a collection of samples, taken from volunteers, which are shown in two types of films: one horror; the other, a comedy.

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    During the screening, sweat samples are taken from your armpits.

    In the second period, there are 48 volunteers, affected by social anxiety. Part of them, the control group, will smell the fresh air, the other models will smell the sweat, and at the same time they participate in the mental process in the “now” and negative relegation.

    The study involved 48 female volunteers

    The researchers verified that these had better results in anti-anxiety therapy.

    Lead researcher Elisa Vigna states that “producing sweat while someone was happy had the same effect as someone lying out of a movie clip. That gives something about the human chemical signals in sweat that commonly affect the response to treatment.”

    “Perhaps this effect is just being exposed to the presence of another, but we need to confirm it. In fact, what we are experiencing now in a studio with a similar design, but we are also where we are. including sweat from people who watch emotionally neutral documentaries.

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