Thomas Ramey Watson

How Animals Detect Fear

This peculiar bit of conventional wisdom would have us believe that not only are animals’ olfactory receptors so sensitive that they can actually smell a human emotion, but al

so that emotions themselves leave physical and chemical trails.

Even though dogs have noses that are up to 100,000 times more sensitive than humans’, the notion of any animal actually “smelling” fear is little more than an old wives’ tale.

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