The importance of the sense of smell in human sexuality

Richard L. Goldberg, Thomas N. Wise

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Writers, including Sigmund Freud and Havelock Ellis, have hypothesized about the link between olfaction and sexual activity in humans. This article reports an assessment of the sexual behavior of four subjects with congenital absence of smell. In these subjects, good sexual functioning remained intact despite the absence of the sense of smell.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-241
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Sex Education and Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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