May 312012

All over the Internet today, you’ll see headlines confirming that old people smell different. Why, yes, they do, but not the way the headlines imply.

From the actual study  ”Old-age group were rated as less intense and less unpleasant than body odors originating from Young and Middle-age donors.”

So it’s not that smell more, but that they smell less that makes it possible to distinguish them from younger folk.

PLoS ONE: The Smell of Age: Perception and Discrimination of Body Odors of Different Ages

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 May 31, 2012  Posted by at 6:53 am

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