You might have a good poker face... but your scent could be sending different signals.It's a classic cop-drama trope. A bead of sweat drips down the brow of a suspect under questioning, the telltale sign of a lie about to be exposed. Perspiring betrays discomfort. Indeed, nothing says nervous like a shirt soaked-through with sweat. But even if you can keep the wetness under control-or at least under a couple layers of clothing-you may still be sending out a chemical distress signal that others can detect.
An October 2013 study in the journal PLOS ONE found that when people give off the smell of sweat, it makes others question their confidence and abilities. In the experiment, participants were shown video clips of women doing "neutral" activities, such as doing work at the office, hanging out at home and taking care of their kids. Meanwhile, researchers pumped three types of sweat fumes into their noses: exercise sweat, stress sweat and stress sweat treated with Secret Clinical Strength. (The study was funded but not conductedRead More »from Want to Be Taken Seriously? Stop Sweating