Thursday 22nd June 2017, 18.30 – 21.30
Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh. Free Admission.
We’re running an event in conjunction with the Ragged University Meetup group, featuring a talk by Dr Mairi Macleod on “The Importance of Being Smelly” at the Cabaret Voltaire. Come along and relax with a drink and listen to the talk (at 7pm-ish). Afterwards there will be time to socialise, and there will be some food provided – feel free to bring something to contribute, but no obligation. Later in the evening there will be another talk on “Improvised Fiction Meets Research” by John Morrison. For more info see the Ragged University Meetup Page.
You might not think your sense of smell is particularly essential, but research is showing that we give and receive all sorts of important signals through the olfactory channel and scientists have dubbed humans “the scented ape”. We glean information on each others’ age, gender, emotions and even personality through our noses, but perhaps the most important function of our sense of smell is that of mate choice.
In this talk, I’ll explain why liking your partner’s natural smell is vital for relationship satisfaction, sexual attraction and fidelity, fertility and our children’s health. I’ll also reveal the rather surprising effects of perfume and of “the pill” on the biological signals we give out and receive via smelliness.