Chris Hassall joins the show one last time (before moving to England) to discuss reproductive pills and mate preferences. Adam connects the dots on whether or not we are all related and Darren asks whether you know how long ago dinosaurs went extinct.
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Reproductive Pills and Mate Preference
Scientific American article on the pill and mate choice: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=birth-control-pills-affect-womens-taste
Study showing lower sexual fulfillment and greater cheating in relationships here partners are more MHC similar: Garver-Apgar, C.E., Gangestad, S.W, Thornhill, R., Miller, R.D. and Olp, J.J. (2006) Major Histocompatibility Complex Alleles, Sexual Responsivity, and Unfaithfulness in Romantic , Psychological Science, 17: 830-835.
Study showing that women who start using the pill change their mating preferences: Roberts, S.C., Gosling, L.M., Carter, V. and Petrie, M. (2008) MHC-correlated odour preferences in humans and the use of oral contraceptives, Proc. R. Soc. B 275, 2715-2722.
The original “smelly t-shirt” experiment: Wedekind, C., Seebeck, T, Bettens, F. and Paepke, A.J. (1995) MHC-Dependent Mate Preferences in Humans, Proceedings of the Royal Society: B, 260: 245-249
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