Schaal’s Smells

“Rating and Recognition of Peers’ Personal Odors by 9-year-old Children: An Exploratory Study,” Pascal Mallet and Benoist Schaal, Journal of General Psychology, vol. 125, no. 1, January 1998, pp. 47–64 (

The authors, at the Institut National d’Etude du Travail et d’Orientation Professionnelle in Paris, France, report:

Eighteen elementary school children assessed the pleasantness and perfumed aspect of familiar peers’ odors, sampled through tee shirts worn without modification of hygienic habits.

(That’s an except from the article “Boys Will Be Boys,” published in AIR 13:4.)