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Sexing up the human pheromone story how a corporation started a scientific myth
Dr Tristram Wyatt from the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

A corporation interested in patenting ‘human pheromones’ for profit has created a long lasting myth that has roped in many scientists as well as the general public. I’ll describe what went wrong and what would be needed to establish that we do have pheromones (chemical signals within a species). One of the most promising leads is communication between mothers and babies, not sex. This talk will be for non-scientists and scientists alike.

Tristram Wyatt is a founding fellow of Kellogg College and a senior researcher at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. The second edition of his single-author book Pheromones and Animal Behavior (Cambridge University Press) won the Royal Society of Biology’s prize for the Best Postgraduate Textbook in 2014.  He is currently writing a Very Short Introduction to Animal Behaviour for OUP. His TEDx talk on human pheromones has had 1 million views. 

This is Kellogg College's inaugural annual MPLS Seminar. 

Refreshments will be served from 5pm and the seminar will begin at 5.30pm. No booking is required.

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