Nowadays, the external appearance can play an important role for the choice of our partner, but it is not the main criterion for the attraction between two people.
This surprising finding came from researchers from the University of Wroclaw in Poland.
“In recent years, most researches have focused on the attraction that image have, for example, the face or the body,” Agata Groyecka says, who is the lead author of this study. “However, the bibliography has captured the important role of other senses, which should not be overlooked,” she adds.
These senses are the voice and the smell, as she noted in the relevant article published in Frontiers in Psychology.
Groyecka and her colleagues made a review of studies that took place over 30 years and concerned the role of voice and smell.
Although it is not extensive, it gives enough information about the role of the two senses.
For example, some findings are related to intuition, such as guessing gender and age based on voice only. Some people, however, perceive much more of the voice, such as the supremacy, the willingness to co-operate, the emotional state or even the physical dimensions of the interlocutor.
Even more exciting are the results of other studies, according to which people draw correct conclusions based solely on the smell of the other.
Recent brain imaging studies indicate that the combination of hearing and smell is even stronger.
Attraction through the senses influences everyday life in a variety of ways, as it plays a role not only in love relationships, but also in friendships and professional interactions.
Without the incorporation of such information, psychological studies for day-to-day decision-making and communication can not capture the whole picture.