90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Scent Of A Woman: Evolution, Ovulation And Attraction

The scent of fertility: new research in evolutionary psychology and the science of attraction.

(greekadman/flickr)

(greekadman/flickr)

We meet. We mate. We stay true. We don’t.

We think we’re driving the process, but a raft of new research in the science of attraction says we may be far more driven by biology and evolution that we know. Driven by cycles and chemical interaction and the literal scent of fertility.

We think of animals as raw pawns of biology. Now, evolutionary psychology is reminding us once again that we are animals too, plus high-minded creatures.

The mere scent of an ovulating woman can drive more reactions than you may guess, without us understanding why.

This hour On Point: the new science of attraction.

- Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Jon Maner, professor of psychology at Florida State University.

Martie Haselton, professor in the departments of Communication Studies and Psychology at UCLA.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Nov 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

Nov 24, 2014
Homeless people stay with their belongings under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area. (AP)

Smashing the assumptions about what it’s really like to live in poverty in America.

RECENT
SHOWS
Nov 21, 2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

 
Nov 21, 2014
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
Calling All Interns, Calling All Interns
Monday, Nov 24, 2014

Have you ever thought about interning with On Point Radio? Good news: your time is now!

More »
Comment
 
The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: November 21, 2014
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We offer a panel of hand-drawn digital sheep, and wonder how to best lead the rest of you to programs that matter.

More »
2 Comments