Hoodie on means hands-off
When a woman wears a man’s hoodie in public, it can serve as a not so humble brag to the rest of the world that a) she just got some, b) she getting some on the regular and c) whoever she’s getting it from is giving it only to her. Whether or not any of that is actually true, this type of behavior is like a Facebook relationship status change IRL.
Dr. Fulbright explains that it’s “a way of letting others know that you or your mate are ‘taken’ and ‘off the market.” Who knew a ratty and stained hoodie from a D-III college could bare such significant social weight?
Scent can act as a powerful aphrodisiac
When it comes to attraction, one organ plays a vital role. No, not that one -- I’m talking about your shnoz. Because each person has a unique scent, we are biologically programmed to seek out a mate who has a different stink than we do.
Neuroscientist and psychologist Dr. Rachel Herz explains the effect of an assortment of immune system genes that physically manifest in body odor. Altogether, these genes are referred to as Major Histocompatibility Complex, or MHC, and this has a huge effect on how people respond to one another.
When a woman likes the way you (and your hoodie) smells, that’s her body’s way of acknowledging that your offspring would have healthy immune systems. This biological effect can be mimicked or enhanced by other scents, such as cologne.
Scent also has a huge effect on memory
When your girl wears your hoodie, it allows her to connect with you when you’re not around, which can be creepy or cute, depending on how you feel about the situation. Scent can trigger some seriously far away memories because of the way your brain is wired. All smells are processed by the olfactory bulb, which is directly connected to the amygdala, the center in your brain in charge of emotions, emotional behavior, and motivation.