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What the smell of a newborn does to a new mom

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Silvia Lucchetti - published on 05/19/22

Research shows that new babies give off an odor that appears to make women more aggressive -- and men less aggressive.

The other day I found some interesting food for thought about the relationship between newborn babies and their parents, mediated by stimuli related to the sense of smell.

In 2015, a team of Israeli researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science published the results of a study on sociochemical signals in human behavior, in which they identified a molecule that characterizes the smell of newborns: hexadecanal (HEX). The subject was further explained in Italian news outlet Focus in March 2022, and it is their description I have followed here. 

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