'It is like an initial screen.'In one such study, Mc Clintock and her colleagues had participants sniff inside a covered box without knowing that in some cases they were smelling worn T-shirts.What they found was people preferred the odors of those who had different genetic makeups from their own, but not radically different.Artist Tega Brain, who teaches at New York’s School for Poetic Computation, and Sam Lavigne, an editor and researcher at New York University, created Smell Dating, which they describe as an art project.Each of its first 100 clients received a T-shirt to wear for three days straight without bathing.At a dimly-lit art gallery in Los Angeles on a recent night, partygoers huddled around several tables covered with plastic freezer bags stuffed with shirts and an index card bearing a number.Once they found one they liked, a photographer snapped a picture of them holding the bag and projected it onto a wall so the shirt's rightful owner could step forward and meet his or her odor's admirer.The women didn't have any other cues than the stinky shirts.
In other words, if “Client 55” likes “Client 69” and vice versa, put a heart around it, Brain said.The parties started out as an experimental matchmaking fest by a California woman weary of online dating, but it turns out they also have a root in science.Researchers have shown that humans can use scent to sort out genetic combinations that could lead to weaker offspring.Prays said she'd date men for a month or so before things soured until she started seeing a man who wasn't what she was looking for and wound up in a two-year relationship. Prays invited 40 friends to a party in New York and asked them to sleep in a T-shirt for three nights, put it in a plastic bag and freeze it, then bring it to the party.Bags were coded with blue cards for men and pink for women and numbered so the shirts' owners could pinpoint their admirers.
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Konstantin Bakhurin, a 25-year-old neuroscience graduate student, said he bypassed the bags that smelled like baby powder or laundry detergent or perfume in search of something more unique: the owner of a distinctive yellow-T-shirt whose fragrance he described as 'spicy'.'I think it's probably a bit more pseudoscience,' said Bakhurin, who attended with two fellow graduate students from University of California, Los Angeles.