Just got forwarded a very interesting article from the Daily Telegraph. The article is about a recent study performed at Radboud University in The Netherlands that found 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.
Here's a little snipet from the article:
Study recruited 40 male heterosexual students. Each one performed a standard memory test where they had to observe a stream of letters and say, as fast as possible, if each one was the same as the one before last. The volunteers then spent seven minutes chatting to male or female members of the research team before repeating the test.
The results showed men were slower and less accurate after trying to impress the women. The more they fancied them, the worse their score.
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.
In a report on their findings the researchers said: ‘We conclude men's cognitive functioning may temporarily decline after an interaction with an attractive woman.'
Psychologist Dr George Fieldman, a member of the British Psychological Society, said the findings reflect the fact that men are programmed to think about ways to pass on their genes.
‘When a man meets a pretty woman, he is what we call ‘reproductively focused‘.
‘But a woman also looks for signs of other attributes, such as wealth, youth and kindness. Just the look of the man would be unlikely to have the same effect.'
Wanted to know your thoughts on this. Do you think “duh” or “ahhh” or “huh”.
The first thing I said when I read this was, why didn't they test women being in the same room with more attractive women. I bet you they would find similar results. Because I know that it would effect me.
Trust me, when I say I get you. Don't get me wrong, I like men. But the reason I'm good at what I do is because women, especially pretty popular ones, used to intimate the shit out of me.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this article.