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The Smell of Age: Perception and Discrimination of Body Odors of Different Ages

  • Susanna Mitro,

    Affiliations: Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Amy R. Gordon,

    Affiliations: Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Section of Psychology, Dept. Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

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  • Mats J. Olsson,

    Affiliation: Section of Psychology, Dept. Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

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  • Johan N. Lundström mail

    jlundstrom@monell.org

    Affiliations: Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, Section of Psychology, Dept. Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Published: May 30, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0038110

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Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 01 Jun 2012 at 23:48 GMT

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Publication: Washington Post
Title: “Study: Old people smell different, but not bad - The Checkup - The Washington Post”
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Publication: ABC Science
Title: “Body odour reveals a person's age - News in Science (ABC Science)”
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Publication: Radio New Zealand News
Title: “Radio New Zealand : News : World : Research shows old people smell nicer”
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Publication: Global Saskatoon
Title: “Global Saskatoon | The "old person smell" exists, and it's better than you may think, study finds”
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Publication: Digital Journal
Title: “Study: Old people smell better than youngsters”
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Publication: 9 News MSN
Title: “Study finds elderly people smell better than young people | 9news.com”
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Publication: Emax Health
Title: “Old person smell is real: Why does it matter?”
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Publication: UPI
Title: “Study: Humans can tell age by odor - UPI.com”
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Publication: Newsnet5.com
Title: “Study finds 'old person smell' exists and it's not that bad”
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Publication: The CW 39
Title: “Study: Old people smell better than younger ones - KIAH”
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Publication: Top News United States
Title: “Elderly Body Odor is Milder than Youngsters | TopNews United States”
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Publication: Top News New Zealand
Title: “Study Unveils Humans Unaware of Olfactory Powers to Distinguish People | TopNews New Zealand”
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Publication: The Times of India
Title: “You can sniff out others' age - The Times of India”
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Publication: Scientific American
Title: “Scents and Senescence: "Old Person Smell" Is Real, but Not Necessarily Offensive: Scientific American”
http://www.scientificamer...

Publication: Science News
Title: “Youngsters Can Sniff Out Old People's Scent - Science News”
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Publication: Yahoo! News Canada
Title: “Want to know someone's age? Try following your nose | Shine On - Shine from Yahoo! Canada”
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Publication: Scientific American Blogs
Title: “The Nose Knows: Telling Age Based On Scent | Science Sushi, Scientific American Blog Network”
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Publication: Herald.ie
Title: “How we can tell a person's age by their smell - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie”
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Publication: Gizmodo Australia
Title: “Old People Smell, Confirms Science | Gizmodo Australia”
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Publication: Press TV
Title: “PressTV - Old people smell really exists”
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Publication: Alaska Dispatch
Title: “Old people smell does exists and it's not bad, study suggests | Alaska Dispatch”
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Publication: Science A Go Go
Title: “Body odor reveals age”
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Publication: News Track India
Title: “Forget botox and hair dye! People can sniff out each others' age”
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Publication: CBS News 42
Title: “The special scent of age - CBS 42 Birmingham, AL News Weather Sports”
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Publication: Broward Palm Beach New Times Blog
Title: “Science Confirms: Old Person Smell Is Totally a Real Thing - Broward/Palm Beach News - The Daily Pulp”
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Publication: Under the Button
Title: “Under the Button - BREAKING: Research Confirms "Old People" Smell”
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Publication: Examiner.com
Title: “You are as old as you smell - Birmingham science news | Examiner.com”
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Publication: Fox 8 Cleveland
Title: “Study Says Senior Citizens Smell Best | FOX8.com - Cleveland news & weather from WJW Television FOX 8”
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Publication: News Track India
Title: “You can sniff out others' age”
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Publication: MSNBC
Title: “The Body Odd - Is 'old person smell' real? Yes, but it's not what you think”
http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn....

Publication: BestWeekEver.TV
Title: “| Study Of "Old People Smell" Proves Everything You Said Way Too Loudly As A Kid”
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Publication: Gawker
Title: “Old People Smell Good”
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Publication: The Inquisitr
Title: “Young People Think Old People Smell Better, Study Finds”
http://www.inquisitr.com/...

Publication: Boing Boing
Title: “"Old people smell" is real - Boing Boing”
http://boingboing.net/201...

Publication: ABC News
Title: “‘Old People’s Odor’ Exists, but Not Unpleasant - ABC News”
http://abcnews.go.com/blo...

Publication: CNN Blogs
Title: “Scientists confirm existence of 'old person smell' – - CNN.com Blogs”
http://thechart.blogs.cnn...

Publication: The Age
Title: “Old age a case of common scents”
http://www.theage.com.au/...

Publication: ABC News Australia
Title: “Study puts old-people smell on the nose - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)”
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Publication: Sky News Australia
Title: “Sky News: Research says 'old people smell' is real”
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Publication: New Zealand Herald
Title: “Smelly study finds certain age groups have certain odours - Life & Style - NZ Herald News”
http://www.nzherald.co.nz...

Publication: The Independent
Title: “Humans 'can smell people's age' - Science - News - The Independent”
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Publication: Washington Post
Title: “The old person smell, in one chart - The Washington Post”
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Publication: Live Science
Title: “Old People Do Smell, But Not That Badly | LiveScience”
http://www.livescience.co...

Publication: TIME Healthland
Title: “‘Old-Person Smell’ Really Exists, Scientists Say | Healthland | TIME.com”
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Publication: CBS News HealthPop
Title: “Smells like teen spirit? Age may come with a distinct scent - HealthPop - CBS News”
http://www.cbsnews.com/83...

Publication: Scientific American
Title: “Scents and Senescence: "Old Person Smell" Is Real, but Not Necessarily Offensive: Scientific American”
http://www.scientificamer...

Publication: NPR
Title: “Old People Smell Different, Not Worse : Shots - Health Blog : NPR”
http://www.npr.org/blogs/...

Publication: London Evening Standard
Title: “People can smell your age (Probably best not to ask) - Health - News - Evening Standard”
http://www.thisislondon.c...

Publication: Belfast Telegraph
Title: “Humans 'can smell people's age' - Offbeat, Breaking News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk”
http://www.belfasttelegra...

Publication: The Star
Title: “Debunking the myth of ‘old-people smell:’ Elderly men smell best, study finds - thestar.com”
http://www.thestar.com/li...

Publication: LA Times
Title: “Old people don't smell so bad, study finds - latimes.com”
http://www.latimes.com/ne...

Publication: Philly.com
Title: “Older people do smell different”
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Publication: The Atlantic
Title: “Health - Brian Fung - It's Not Just You: 'Old Person Smell' Is Real - The Atlantic”
http://www.theatlantic.co...

Publication: Health Day
Title: “Humans Can Sniff Out Old Age in Others, Study Shows”
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Publication: The Wall Street Journal
Title: “"Old People Odor" Exists - Ideas Market - WSJ”
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Publication: NPR
Title: “Old People Smell Different, Not Worse : Shots - Health Blog : NPR”
http://www.npr.org/blogs/...

Publication: The Globe and Mail
Title: “Who smells better: young people or older folks? - The Globe and Mail”
http://www.theglobeandmai...

Publication: MSNBC
Title: “The Body Odd - Is 'old person smell' real? Yes, but it's not what you think”
http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn....

Publication: The Washington Post
Title: “Study: Old people smell different, but not bad - The Checkup - The Washington Post”
http://www.washingtonpost...

Publication: Daily Telegraph
Title: “Age can be detected by smell, study finds - Telegraph”
http://www.telegraph.co.u...

Publication: Philadelphia Magazine
Title: “The Checkup: Guys Smell Worse Than Old People, Study Says | Be Well Philly”
http://blogs.phillymag.co...

Publication: Top News New Zealand
Title: “Youngsters Smell Badly than Elderly | TopNews New Zealand”
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Publication: Top News United States
Title: “Old People Have a Distinct Smell: Researchers | TopNews United States”
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Publication: Metro
Title: “Don't hide your age with facelifts - your smell will give you away | Metro.co.uk”
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Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “With one sniff you can tell a person's age: Forget the botox and hair dye...it's a waste of time | Mail Online”
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Publication: TODAYonline
Title: “TODAYonline | Focus | Science | The nose can tell one's age based on odour”
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Publication: The Age
Title: “Proof of 'older person's smell'”
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Publication: Sky News Australia
Title: “Sky News: Scientists say old people smell nicer”
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Publication: Voice of America
Title: “Your Body Odor Can Reveal Your Age - Science World”
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Publication: Web MD
Title: “Do We Smell Our Age?”
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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 08 Jun 2012 at 22:12 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Big Pond News
Title: “Research says 'old people smell' is real | Odd Spot | BigPond News”
http://bigpondnews.com/ar...

Publication: Daily Mail
Title: “With one sniff you can tell a person's age: Forget the botox and hair dye...it's a waste of time | Mail Online”
http://www.dailymail.co.u...

Publication: Eureka Alert
Title: “The special scent of age”
http://www.eurekalert.org...

Publication: Los Angeles Times
Title: “Old people don't smell so bad, study finds - Los Angeles Times”
http://articles.latimes.c...

Publication: Monell Chemical Senses Center
Title: “Monell Chemical Senses Center”
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Publication: Ozarksfirst.com
Title: “Scientists Confirm Existence of 'Old Person Smell'”
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Publication: Philly.com
Title: “Theory on age-linked odor passes sniff test - sort of”
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Publication: RTT News
Title: “Middle Aged Men Smell Worse Than The Elderly: Study”
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Publication: ScienceNOW
Title: “Smells Like Old Spirit - ScienceNOW”
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Publication: Seattle PI
Title: “Old-people smell desired over young B.O. | Hot Topics - seattlepi.com”
http://blog.seattlepi.com...

Publication: Senior Journal
Title: “Old People Smell Different But Not as Bad as Younger People, Study Finds”
http://www.seniorjournal....

Publication: The Australian
Title: “Old person smell does exist, but it is milder than odour of young people | The Australian”
http://www.theaustralian....

Publication: The Australian
Title: “There is an old person smell, scientists say | The Australian”
http://www.theaustralian....

Publication: The Globe and Mail
Title: “Who smells better: young people or older folks? - The Globe and Mail”
http://www.theglobeandmai...

Publication: The Star
Title: “Debunking the myth of 'old-people smell' Elderly men smell best, study finds - thestar.com”
http://www.thestar.com/li...

Publication: The Week
Title: “Do old people really smell different? - The Week”
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Publication: TheraBreath
Title: “Science Confirms Existence Of Old People Smell And Elderly Halitosis”
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Publication: Top News Arab Emirates
Title: “Study Unveils Old Aged People Not Worst Smelling Humans | TopNews Arab Emirates”
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Publication: Truthdig
Title: “Grandpa Actually Smells Pretty Good - Truthdig”
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Publication: UKPA
Title: “The Press Association: Humans 'can smell people's age'”
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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 15 Jun 2012 at 23:31 GMT

Publication: NPR Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Limericks
Title: “Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! : NPR”
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Publication: The Chronicle Herald
Title: “HEALTH AND FITNESS IN BRIEF | The Chronicle Herald”
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RE: RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 06 Jul 2012 at 21:16 GMT

The following article represents some of the media coverage that has occurred for this paper:

Publication: Deseret News
Title: “Study shows 'old person' really is a smell | Deseret News”
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