The odor of anxiety-induced body sweat can make women become more risk adverse and less trusting of others, according to new research. The findings indicate that chemosensory anxiety signals can act contagiously but predominantly affect women

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Tldr; women can smell men’s fear and proceed to make more cautious decisions after scenting it.


Anxiety sweat from armpits mixing into your clothes absolutely smells different than the sweat generated from sports. I could smell the difference on my clothes.


Risk-averse, not adverse


I have no ideas about the effects it suppodily has on women, but I can 100% smell my own fear.


I can absolutely smell when my husband is nervous. Around the time when he was defending his dissertation, it got very strong. I’m not talking about a sweat smell, but a certain component of his sweat is different- it becomes a bit onion-y.