Regardless of the fact that we live in an age of technology, there are some things about the human body that remain a mystery to scientists. Knowing how complex the human body is, this is not a big surprise.
We often say that sometimes we have a sixth sense and can smell things. The same applies when death is approaching.
Doctors say that when someone dies, the body starts to break down.
During these moments, putrescine, a foul and toxic scent that is the result of decomposition, is released. Apparently, humans subconsciously recognize this putrefying odor. Not only that, the scent, when released, causes an immediate response.
Arnaud Wisman from the University of Kent’s School of Psychology in Canterbury, UK and Ilan Shira from the Department of Behavioral Sciences in Arkansas’ Tech University in Russellville, AK, are two scientists who say that just like animals and people have sense scents.
When humans are exposed to the smell of putrescine, they express a conscious and subconscious reaction to it.
Experiments say that when humans are approached by the scent of putrescine, they flee just like animals do when they sense danger.
“We don’t know why we like (or dislike) someone’s smell, and we’re usually not aware of how scent influences our emotions, preferences, and attitudes,” Wisman and Shira explain.
“It is hard to think of a scent as frightening,” other researchers claim.
“Putrescine signals a different type of message than pheromones, but people’s responses to putrescine (avoidance and hostility) will indeed seem to be the opposite of responses to many sexual pheromones,” researchers explain. At the same time, the researchers explain that humans are not aware of the odor and do not consciously associate it with death or fear.