Promoting social interaction through emotional body odours.
i3B (Valencia, Spain)
Organizational NeuroScience
2019 – 2024
Grant Number
ID: 824153
Università di Pisa (UNIPI)
ISPA – Instituto Universitário (ISPA)
Karolinska Institutet (KI)
SRA Instrumentation (SRA)
Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)
University of Essex (UESSEX)
Università di Padova (UNIPD)
Inventya Ventures (EU) Ltd. (INV)
KU LEUVEN Centre for IT and IP law (KUL)
Feel-Ing S.r.l. (F-ING)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
University College London (UCL)
Agilent Technologies (AGI)
Uppsala University (UPP)
Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology (NIEB)
Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA)

The overall objective of POTION is to dive nose first into the study of olfaction to develop a deeper understanding of how it influences human social interaction to create tools that promote and foster the building of healthy relationships.

POTION will face two challenges: the first concerns the human chemosignal analysis to identify the molecules that people released during the emotional feeling of happiness and fear. The second one will use the results of the chemical analysis to synthesize artificially the human chemosignals related to happiness and fear. The objective is to develop an innovative system of controlled release of the artificial chemosignals aimed to manage the social response strategies. This new technological paradigm will be tested both in social and clinical scenarios. In social scenarios, the human chemosignals will be examined in both virtual and real, social contexts. In clinical scenario, POTION will propose potential new supports in the therapeutic treatment of social anxiety, phobias and depression.