FG, I didn't post in this thread to have a contest with you, however as long as you continue to engage me, I will respond.
I listed three articles which I found had good info ON CONTENT--- not ones where I was trying to give you sources. The articles I posted weren't the ones I was talking about since they are not funded by the government... thought that was obvious, my mistake.
I'm well aware the links I listed were about humans and mice- I read them. The first study was in an effort to see if humans have the same abilities to smell the alarm pheromone as animals do- since we have the same olfactory organ, but it is not attached to the brain. Turns out, we do even if we don't recognize it.
The NPR article was in reference TO the olfactory organ in mice/alarm pheromone recognition in animals and predated the research done (and still being done) by the government (which also has shown that animals CAN detect pheromones of different species through their work with dogs and predator/prey relationships).
The journalists who find subject matter for NPR and type them up in article form on the internet might not hold graduate degrees, (or they might just not list them), but when their interview subjects hold biologist jobs at Universities and work for NOAA, I think it's still credible, but maybe that is just me?
Sorry, I posted such things for people who were interested in the content, not interested in a 'who has a PhD' war. "Diehl's article" (which wasn't actually written by her) from 2005 isn't a study, it's an opinion piece where no research or study sources were listed.
And yes, in the event that I get a response, I will gladly share the info!
You make a good point Parkie- and I don't know the different levels of adrenaline released for different amounts of 'tension' vs actual 'fear'. Not to mention, such responses are definitely lowered in domestic animals and I don't know how that corresponds to humans.
Personally, regardless of what PhD's have researched, (there are quite a few things which have been proven WITH modern science despite still being rejected by the scientific community) I believe that the actual fear 'energy' is what they pick up on. Outside of all of the regular senses, I believe every living being is able to sense energy of all different kinds. I have 'sensed' things before seeing/smelling/hearing them, and I know my horses have too.
My favorite personal example is from a few years ago when I was riding Chase on a trail. I was on my way back to the barn as it was about to storm- suddenly, he stopped and got VERY tense, like he was spooking at something. His head was up and rigid, but his ears weren't up, so I wasn't sure what he was looking at. Not even 3 seconds later a lightning bolt struck a tree less than 100 ft from me and blasted it all over the place, it was very loud and scared the carp out of me and him! After that we go to the barn in record time and I knew that my horse knows what is going on way better than I do! hahaha