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Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the irreproducible-results dept.

Biotech 652

Ponca City, We love you writes "The Telegraph reports that men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive. This leads to speculation that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks. Psychologists at Radboud University in The Netherlands carried out the study after one of them was so struck on impressing an attractive woman he had never met before, that he could not remember his address when she asked him where he lived. Researchers recruited 40 male heterosexual students and had each one perform a standard memory test. The volunteers then spent seven minutes chatting to male or female members of the research team before repeating the test. The results showed that men were slower and less accurate after trying to impress the women. The more they fancied them, the worse their score."

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There got to be an App for that... (-1, Offtopic)

alain94040 (785132) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306253)

There got be an iPhone app for that! Wait, actually I had started to spec one [fairsoftware.net]. Any developers interested in improving on it?

Quick survey: how much would you be willing to pay for an app to that makes you look smarter in front of "attractive women"?

There got to be a healthy market in there somewhere. I'm sure I could find plenty of beta testers (just like in the study)...

Re:There got to be an App for that... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306299)

Will you all shut up with that lame "app for that" joke?

Back on-topic, here are some theories who TFA holds true:

  • Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery
  • Men must speak slowly and simply so as not to confuse their dates
  • Women don't want talk, they want dick, and so...
  • When was the last time you heard a black man talk about computers? They have the large cocks, you don't!

 
  -- Ethanol-fueled

Re:There got to be an App for that... (2)

mjwx (966435) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306419)

Quick survey: how much would you be willing to pay for an app to that makes you look smarter in front of "attractive women"?

Smarter no, just having an iphone should negate the effect of that app.

What I need to do is look richer, remeber that old bald guy + late model Beemer = attractive lady in passenger side seat.

Re:There got to be an App for that... (0, Troll)

mister_playboy (1474163) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306445)

A BMW car is a "Bimmer" and a BMW motorcycle is a "Beemer".

Now you know.

Re:There got to be an App for that... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306731)

A BMW car is a "Bimmer" and a BMW motorcycle is a "Beemer".

Cite an authoritative source for this yuppie self-glorifying bullshit or STFU.

BMW and Harley owners are just pussies who can't think for themselves, so they make the "safe" buy.

Re:There got to be an App for that... (4, Funny)

russotto (537200) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306669)

Quick survey: how much would you be willing to pay for an app to that makes you look smarter in front of "attractive women"?

A lot less than for an app which makes me look like Brad Pitt in front of attractive women. Got one of those?

Easier explanation (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306265)

The blood rushes from one head to the other head.

Re:Easier explanation (4, Interesting)

WaywardGeek (1480513) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306629)

Well, yes, the blood moves. It's also often about a massive chemical reaction in your brain. I have a semi-rare condition where pheromones are very obvious to me. Some girls actually can make my head hurt, though I haven't had such reactions since I turned about 40.

Being able to sense the drug incoming, I was able to examine my reaction over the years. My heart raced, my chest tightened, and I longed for whichever girl I saw next. Often, I'd get hit with it from behind, before I saw any girl. I would be incapable of thinking of anything else but the girl who brought this to me. It takes a while for that to wash out of your system. A few hours later, I'd often think, "What the hell was I so enraptured about? She's nothing special."

Re:Easier explanation (5, Funny)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306701)

As Robin Williams put it, "See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time."

-Peter

Again - people were paid to study this? (1)

Nursie (632944) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306275)

I could have told you that.

It's embarrassing is what it is, to be turned into a drooling moron and then realise later just how stupid you sounded.

Re:Again - people were paid to study this? (1)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306343)

If that is all that happens, you get off lucky. I don't know if this is common or not (It isn't really idle chat material), but my "soldier" has been known to salute in a very obvious way. It made high school very awkward.

Re:Again - people were paid to study this? (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306583)

You were lucky. Most of us got the random hardons in class. To misquote Eddie Murphy:

"Mr. R2.0, can you go to the blackboard and solve the problem?"

"No, I don't think so. I'll take the zero"

Re:Again - people were paid to study this? (-1, Troll)

RatBastard (949) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306593)

With a six-digit user number you can't be more than, what, 15? Don't worry, when you get a little older Little Willey regains a bit of his composure.

Now get off my lawn. I have old people stuff to do.

Re:Again - people were paid to study this? (0, Troll)

TheRealMindChild (743925) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306727)

I wish! I'm more than twice that! I posted anonymously on slashdot for years until it started getting retarded, so I "had" to create an account, so I could persist the options to make it suck less.

Now get off my concrete porch!

The singular of data (4, Insightful)

interactive_civilian (205158) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306455)

I could have told you that.

It's embarrassing is what it is, to be turned into a drooling moron and then realise later just how stupid you sounded.

Anecdote is not, nor ever will be, the singular of "data". Sure, everyone may know this. Sure, the outcome may seem obvious to everyone. However, it is not empirical fact until it is studied and established as such. How many common sense "truths" have turned out to be not so true when properly analyzed over the history of human scientific endeavor? In the case of this study, anecdote and assumption about human behavior has now become data, and can be used as such in psychology and sociology to continue to study and describe how and why we are the way we are.

Now that we have established the phenomenon (doot dooo do-do-doot) as data, perhaps we can look into the actual physiological mechanisms which control it.

I would think that above all else, the type of people who read a "news for nerds" site would appreciate research for research sake. :-/

Re:The singular of data (1)

NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306585)

Now that we have established the phenomenon (doot dooo do-do-doot) as data, perhaps we can look into the actual physiological mechanisms which control it.

I would think that above all else, the type of people who read a "news for nerds" site would appreciate research for research sake. :-/

I wouldn't be surprised if the researchers for this study already had some concrete ideas about this and either suggested them as future work, or maybe even performed some of them as part of this study. After all, we're lucky if details from the abstract of the paper make it into these articles, let alone any of the actually "sciency" stuff in the body of the paper.

Re:Again - people were paid to study this? (4, Insightful)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306561)

I used to get tongue-tied thinking I was unworthy of this gorgeous woman & becoming nervous & basically being an idiot. But now with advancing age I realize Beauty is only transitory. Today's "hottie" will probably be a "fatty" by the time she's 30 or 40 (see Pierce Brosnan's wife as an excellent example).*

In other words, they all get ugly eventually, just like me. So that gives me confidence.

*
* http://www.beforeandaftermarriage.com/celebrity/fat-keely-shaye-smith [beforeanda...rriage.com]

Re:Again - people were paid to study this? (-1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306645)

P.S.

I want to add that anyone who thinks being fat is "okay" is being hypocritical, because these same persons don't tolerate smokers, or alcoholics, or druggies. Why? Because they know those things are bad for your health. Overeating is no different.

But it goes both ways (2, Interesting)

sayfawa (1099071) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306617)

Any male, twenty or over and somewhat attractive, who has ever had to spend time around high school girls can tell you that they get just as stupid around guys they think are hot. We just don't notice when it's women our age 'cause we're too busy trying to think of how we can get in their pants, the same as they are.

Re:But it goes both ways (1, Funny)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306713)

>>>Any male, twenty or over and somewhat attractive, who has ever had to spend time around high school girls can tell you that they get just as stupid around guys they think are hot.

Young teen or college-aged women who have a crush on you are fun to play with:

- "Hello... would you like to see a movie?" "Seriously???"
- "Of course! Just one little catch." "Okay."
- "You ever see those European beaches where the women go topless? I'd like you to do that for me, somewhere private of course." "Uhhhh...."
- "Come on. Europeans do it all the time. It's no big deal." "ooookay."
- "Thank you. You are such a sweetie." "(smiles)"

Hmm. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306277)

To be or no to be, that is the question.
*attractive woman walks by*
SHITCOCK!

This is just the male BIOS (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306297)

I BSOD all time, where BSOD is Blank Stare Of Desire.

And yes, I need a reboot to come back

Re:This is just the male BIOS (1)

darkonc (47285) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306679)

And yes, I need a reboot to come back

. . . or, just a boot, as the case may be.

Irresponsible Journalism (5, Funny)

Takehiko (20798) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306313)

This story is worthless without pics!!!

Re:Irresponsible Journalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306395)

To quote another board: tits or gtfo

(felt obligated to post this Anon)

Re:Irresponsible Journalism (5, Funny)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306513)

This story is worthless without pics!!!

Well, the submitter had pics, but then he looked at them, got stupid, and forgot to include them.

Abusive behavior caused confusion. (4, Insightful)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306569)

CORRECTION: This story is worthless.

Another story: Men were given a huge meal of food they love. After eating, they did less well on tests.

Even more: Men were subjected to adversarial behavior from women who were being seductive, but had no interest in the men. The men responded with confusion, and later did less well on tests.

Attractive women? (4, Funny)

therufus (677843) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306337)

What is this "attractive woman" device you speak of?

Re:Attractive women? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306437)

I'll explain it to you right after I finish imagining a Beowulf cluster of them...

this has no effect on linux users (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306347)

all they want is a big dick in their ass. admit it faggots.

Less well? (0, Troll)

ProfM (91314) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306371)

... men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests ...

In other news, posters who don't spend even a few minutes re-reading their posts tend to have POORER grammar.

Why after? (4, Interesting)

TeethWhitener (1625259) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306373)

Why not give the memory test during the chatting session to see what happens to cognitive function then? I'd be interested to see if men make the same number of mistakes if the test somehow ties into the whole 'impressing women' deal. Then again, I'd be interested to see how the women do in the same situation. I know a lot of women who dumb themselves down in the presence of a man they're interested in because they believe that men are intimidated by smart women.

Re:Why after? (1)

TBoon (1381891) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306507)

According to TFA:

"Women, however, were not affected by chatting to a handsome man."

"But when the task was repeated with a group of female volunteers, they did not get the same results. Memory scores stayed the same, whether they had chatted to a man or a woman."

Re:Why after? (1)

TeethWhitener (1625259) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306703)

Yeah but I was referring to carrying out the test with the handsome men/pretty women present. The article seems to imply that this isn't the case. But maybe there's too much going on in that type of experiment to garner any meaningful results (although that seems to be the status quo in modern psychology...ba-zing!).

Re:Why after? (1)

mckinnsb (984522) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306715)

I think that is a very interesting proposition. I don't know how your going to get that suggestion to these researchers, but I would like to see the results of that memory test. My guess is that men will actually do better in the presence of women.

ironically (1)

DotDotSlashDot (1207864) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306379)

The obvious sudden mental incapacitation is all that is required to confirm that the lady at hand has achieved her desired effect. You must be able to recover quickly. After the initial contact, it rapidly ceases to be desirable response.

Then it seems we all have no chance against (1)

al0ha (1262684) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306387)

a beautiful mathematician like Danica McKellar. Dang men are lucky we get anything done at all!

Trying to impress? (5, Insightful)

interactive_civilian (205158) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306389)

From TFSummary:

This leads to speculation that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks.

How about the even more simple explanation of just being distracted by the beautiful woman and imagining her naked with her legs wrapped around you is taking up all of your resources? "Trying to impress" doesn't need to come into it at all (and likely doesn't because usually having your mind so completely occupied that you become a dumbass doesn't really impress people), and seems like a stretch of a conclusion to come up with. Far more likely that thought of sex have simply completely taken over the brain and body, as they so often do..

Like the old joke says, men have a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to operate one at a time. ;)

Re:Trying to impress? (3, Funny)

hondo77 (324058) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306477)

Don't forget having to say to yourself over and over: "Dontlookathertits. Dontlookathertits. Dontlookathertits. Dontlookathertits..." You spend so much time trying to not get slapped that you miss out on half the conversation.

Re:Trying to impress? (1)

clarkkent09 (1104833) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306563)

A possibility of sex with a very attractive woman obviously makes men excited, who can focus on some test after that. I wonder how well those same guys would do immediately after they won (or just missed out on) a million dollar jackpot or any similar event. I don't think it's anything to do with impressing women but with the fact that it's harder to do a test when you're excited about something than when you are calm. Btw I've seen women act plenty stupid when in presence of an attractive guy so it probably works both ways

Re:Trying to impress? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306637)

This took the few words I had to say and expressed them perfectly.

  I also sincerely doubt that "impress" comes into the equation. As a guy who has a hottie at home I sometimes find myself heavily attracted to another woman I am talking to, and I do indeed lose track of my thoughts when the thought of fucking one of these women comes into my mind. I try if anything to NOT impress strange women as I am monogamous in actions, if not in thought. "Human nature".... Perhaps. If the concept of animal or human nature is true, then I am a victim of it.

If not, well then, I guess I just haven't evolved to the stage of total zen mind control. Midi-chlorian count WTF?

Cardiac throughput limitations (1)

heretic108 (454817) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306397)

It's been said that the pumping capacity of the heart is sufficient to service the needs of the brain, or those of the reproductive organs, but not both at once.

Never make a pretty woman your wife (5, Funny)

myowntrueself (607117) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306405)

Theres a song, by the Skatellites.

Obviously this now has a scientific basis:

If you wanna be happy
For the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you.

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall.
As soon as he marries her
Then she starts to do
The things that will break his heart.
But if you make an ugly woman your wife,
You'll be happy for the rest of your life,
An ugly woman cooks her meals on time,
She'll always give you peace of mind.

If you wanna be happy
For the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you.

Don't let your friends say
You have no taste,
Go ahead and marry anyway,
Though her face is ugly,
Her eyes don't match,
Take it from me she's a better catch.

If you wanna be happy
For the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you.

Say man.
Hey baby.
Saw your wife the other day.
Yeah?
Yeah, she's ugly.
Yeah, she's ugly but she sure can cook.
Yeah?. Okay.

If you wanna be happy
For the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you.

Re:Never make a pretty woman your wife (5, Funny)

garyrich (30652) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306447)

For your sake, I hope your wife does not have mod points. Actually either way you are sleeping on the couch

Re:Never make a pretty woman your wife (1)

heretic108 (454817) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306473)

For your sake, I hope your wife does not have mod points. Actually either way you are sleeping on the couch

And eating frozen supermarket burgers on stale buns.

Re:Never make a pretty woman your wife (5, Informative)

Neptunes_Trident (1452997) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306533)

The song is called, "If You Wanna Be Happy" and is originally by Jimmy Soul, released 1963. Not by the band you mentioned. As a music lover, I must give credit where credit is due.

Re:Never make a pretty woman your wife (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306591)

Mod this guy informative, and then get way the hell offa his lawn...

Re:Never make a pretty woman your wife (1)

NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306647)

What, the scientific basis that women can be pretty or can cook, and that these characteristics are mutually exclusive?

Humor Nazi Disclaimer: Yes, I know it's supposed to be funny, but I don't care.

Scientifically meaningless? (3, Insightful)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306413)

Researchers recruited 40 male heterosexual students and had each one perform a standard memory test.

I have to wonder why the researchers didn't expand this theory to include homosexuals, bisexuals, or asexuals -- before publishing results claiming every man out there can be rendered temporarily stupid by an attractive woman. I smell a rat -- had they done this and the results turned out differently, they'd have to explain why this effect only happens to heterosexual men, or they'd have evidence of a neurological basis for attraction that isn't tied to gender. Neither conclusion would make them popular with the people funding the study. I don't know what this is, but it isn't science -- at least not the kind I grew up with.

Re:Scientifically meaningless? (4, Insightful)

calmofthestorm (1344385) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306547)

It's perfectly valid if they don't claim it generalizes past the confines of the experiment. Of course the /. headline is then inaccurate, but it's not like that doesn't happen anyway. The problem is that there are thousands of variables that can affect an experiment, and you can't test them all in one go. What about testosterone level? Time since last having sex? Relationship status? Heterosexuals account for roughly 90% of the population, which makes them a reasonable group of test subjects for an experiment.

That said, I'd be extremely interested to see a similar study that takes sexual preference into account. Even more interesting would be to study transsexuals whose mind and body disagree on sex; as you might find that straight FTMs exhibit the same behavior as the heterosexual males, despite having female bodies themselves.

Playing devils advocate (here agreeing with you I guess), don't forget that not everyone can be cleanly lumped into those four bins of preference, you insensitive clod!;)

Re:Scientifically meaningless? (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306615)

Heterosexuals account for roughly 90% of the population, which makes them a reasonable group of test subjects for an experiment.

Healthy people account for roughly 90% of the population... So do normal people... And studying either doesn't tell us a whole lot. -_- Studying the edge cases reveals a lot more about the underlying dynamics of a system than studying its average cases.

Re:Scientifically meaningless? (1)

bagorange (1531625) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306657)

Healthy people account for roughly 90% of the population... So do normal people... And studying either doesn't tell us a whole lot. -_- Studying the edge cases reveals a lot more about the underlying dynamics of a system than studying its average cases.

That sounds to me like the kind of thing that's true of aircraft performance, not human mate choice or preference.

How exactly could the average performance on tests by homosexual subjects tell us about the 90% heterosexual population??

Re:Scientifically meaningless? (1)

BungaDunga (801391) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306567)

"had they done this and the results turned out differently, they'd have to explain why this effect only happens to heterosexual men"
Because heterosexual men are attracted to women, and homosexual men.... aren't?

Re:Scientifically meaningless? (1)

bagorange (1531625) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306619)

I have to wonder why the researchers didn't expand this theory to include homosexuals, bisexuals, or asexuals -- before publishing results claiming every man out there can be rendered temporarily stupid by an attractive woman.

The trivial answer to your question is that 90% of people are heterosexual. Much easier to find a large group of heterosexual subjects. They are seeking to validate/invalidate a theory that cognitive resources will be dedicated to trying to attract potential reproductive mates. A possible reason to exclude homosexuals could be that homosexuals (both their existence and their choices of mate) are more difficult to explain evolutionarily. How do you choose a homosexual partner based on evolutionary fitness?

It would not be uninteresting to see if similar reductions in performance are found in homosexuals recently in the company of those they found attractive. But it might answer a different set of questions.

There is a substantial background of research (often just speculation) into aspects of male behaviour that might be explained as trying to get a mate. Dangerous, thrill seeking behaviour for example: it has been suggested that this might be due to sexual selection (by females) in favour of those males who are particularly strong or resilient.

What I would find interesting would be to see if there was any statistically different performance between attached and unattached people "exposed to" attractive people.

Is the take home message send your very stylish colleague with great taste in furnishings in to meet the hot sales rep?

The effects aren't that temporary... (1)

Ringthane (415537) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306421)

I've got 2 exes who demonstrate the effect on this male lingered for years before wearing off...

This must be why I am so smart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306423)

Because I have no reason to be dumb. /cry

This is truly a blunderous day... (1)

Aldenissin (976329) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306425)

And I was hoping for a big discussion on our election rights being stripped away, but this is how it ends. At the "hands" of a story about "Attractive Women Make Men Temporarily Stupid". Ponca City, We love you, I can't say how much I hate you.

Gender segregation in school. (4, Insightful)

Stoutlimb (143245) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306427)

Now there is a concrete argument for gender segregation of boys and girls in school.... I wonder how women react around rich men?

Re:Gender segregation in school. (4, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306543)

Rich men are statistically rare. It's easier to just use abusive jerks with Camaros.

Re:Gender segregation in school. (1)

girlintraining (1395911) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306577)

Now there is a concrete argument for gender segregation of boys and girls in school....

Right, because the first thing you do when you have two different groups of people in this society is to build a wall between them. Next up, Separate but Equal: It Didn't Work With the Jews, Blacks, Natives, Germans, Japanese, Communists, Gays, Or Any Other Group So Far In History, But By God, It Might Just Work With Girls.

Bond (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306453)

James Bond's adversaries have known this for years. They didn't send a chubby dude in poison lipstick to meet him.

Re:Bond (1)

Mr. Roadkill (731328) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306541)

I don't know about the poison part, and he's definitely not villainous, but you've just reminded me of what Brain from the Laundry books by Charles Stross had to do to keep his security clearance.

Can I just add something here? (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306463)

I think Southern women are the sexiest in the world!

Re:Can I just add something here? (5, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306581)

The women in Antarctica all have beards. Also, most of them are men. You may be thinking of penguins.

Re:Can I just add something here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306621)

Southern men too! Something about that accent sends me wild.

poor social research (1)

drDugan (219551) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306467)

NOT ALL MEN are sensors, concerned primarily with the "look" and image of beauty that is socially defined as "attractive". Most are, but not all. This social, media driven image of one beauty for women is a big social myth that even if not true for some men, most all men learn that this one, social image is the "normal" for attractive, so they mimic the behaviors of other men.

FTA: "'We conclude men's cognitive functioning may temporarily decline after an interaction with an attractive woman.'"

More accurately, they could say: "conclude MANY men's cognitive functioning".

Jung developed and published models of cognition in the early 1900s that explain directly the different means by which people (men and women) collect information and make judgments. These models are not scientific (yet), but rather observational classification. They have been re-used and rediscovered multiple times under many different names for decades. It is really frustrating to read professional scientists doing funded social research that blurs the lines and causes confusion about these issues in the lay public. While I do not dispute their results, the point is that there are observational models that show that these results do not apply to all men, and these models can reproducibly predict (in some people) which men it would apply to.

It will be such a huge leap forward for humanity when there is reproducible scientific evidence and measurement techniques to back up Jung's neural models so that social researchers can segment the population intelligently for this kind of social research.

Re:poor social research (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306611)

^^^^
This, right here? What you just wrote? This is why intelligence no longer propagates itself.

I'll sue my university. (1)

drolli (522659) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306469)

The supervisor of the exam in theoretical physics was not ugly enough. I want to get the same chances as the female co-students.

This is stupid... (1)

tengeta (1594989) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306497)

All this study proves is that hot chicks are way cooler than a test, who the fuck wants to look at stupid paper when theres some nice ass up in the room. WOW! who would have known?

Should have used lesbians and gay men as controls (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306523)

Instead of just going for the obvious conclusion, they should have tested with gay men talking to attractive men and lesbians talking to attractive women. Then the results might be something to talk about, rather than a statement of the obvious.

Why is this news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306545)

Attractive women discovered this 40,000 years ago

Blood flow? (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306549)

Did they measure blood flow? Because all that blood going to the penis has got to come from somewhere.

Hot researchers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306571)

The first thing I thought when I read this article was: "wait, how'd they get hot girls in their lab?"

Then I realized it was a psychology group, not engineering like I'm used to.

Duh (1)

mbone (558574) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306605)

I am going to be redundant here, but this is not news. It is, however, perfect fare for the "The Telegraph."

An alternate explanation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306633)

Rather than having used up all of their mental energy thinking of ways to impress the women, maybe the men while they were taking the test, instead, were more occupied with fantasizing and mentally reviewing their conversations with the women.

Follow up study (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306639)

An interesting follow-up might be to see if men that identify themselves as being in a "happy relationship" perform as poorly as their single counterparts. Does the brain turn off this mechanism, or at least reduce it, if you're not really looking for someone, or are guys ever looking to upgrade?

Scientific study (1)

Gi0 (773404) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306659)

..right.And we needed a study to realize that huh?In other news,water is wet.

The research team (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306665)

Sounds like I'd like to meet the research team. At least some of them, anyway. You know, to do a little research.

Another "They had to research this?" waste of mone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306689)

Can we now see the correlation between a woman's breast size and a man's I.Q.?

At least the political class can pick this up, segregate schools based on gender and proclaim a triumph in education reform

Company (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#29306699)

Is this proof that women don't belong in the workplace?

Ttrying to impress beautiful women (1)

Bent Mind (853241) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306709)

I see this is listed as a speculation. However, I really have to wonder at its validity.

This leads to speculation that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks.

From my own experiences, I don't think it has much to do with trying to impress beautiful women. Rather, I seem to slip into a day-dream like state that requires a shock to the system to snap out of. Telephone poles work rather well.

My assumption has always been that it is a hormonal thing. It would be interesting to measure blood flow and hormone levels in the brain during these tests. However, I'd guess that being attached to a bunch of wires might change the outcome.

Misinterpreted (2, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 4 years ago | (#29306729)

Psychologists at Radboud University in The Netherlands carried out the study after one of them was so struck on impressing an attractive woman he had never met before, that he could not remember his address when she asked him where he lived.

Its not that he forgot. He was trying to figure out a way to say, "In my mom's basement" and still seem cool.

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