Hot babes make dudes dumb

Posted at 1:34 PM Sep 04, 2009

By Andrea Grimes

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If that boy chatting you up at the bar seems like a complete doofus, it may not be his fault. It may be yours--that is, if you're a hot babe. Discover.com reports today on a study from the Netherlands that conducted memory tests on men who'd just spoken to a woman they found attractive:

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.

Ladies, on the other hand, showed no decrease in "cognitive resources" after talking to a sexypants dude. Which I'm disappointed about, because maybe that would explain the Bella-Edward relationship in Twilight. He's so hot that she's too stupid to leave the creepy prick. Alas!

And while we're at it, why pass up this opportunity to essentialize gender roles by injecting a little evolutionary psychology into the activity? The Telegraph, which also ran a story on the study, interviewed Some Dude to see what he thought:

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.'
Whew. That explains everything. I'm going to go find a man with wealth, youth and kindness who will impregnate me with the healthiest possible babies pour myself a stiff drink.

Comments

Amber said:

while i agree that the fact that this survey had to be done, and managed to even get funding, is probably a little sexist; a little part of me says you cant refute evolution. but. im not saying we cant move past our base biology :P however- operating at a base level, i cant disagree with this study

Carey Moore said:

A survey or a study cannot be sexist. The way in which people interpret or present information can be sexist or biased. Studies and the facts derived from studies are just that -- facts. Sociology is a science, not an opinion. Men are different from women. Surprise!

Jack Olson said:

The great advantage of evolutionary theories of human conduct is also its great scientific weakness. They can't really be proven or disproven so they amount to mere speculation. For instance, one can say that the fact that polygny (multiple wives) is more common in human culture than polyandry (multi-husbands) reflects the evolution-based desire of men to transmit their genes through as many women as possible. But, there is no way to test this hypothesis. So Dr. George Fieldman can claim that guys like hot chicks because they're "reproductively focused" (regardless of how carefully they practice contraception) without need to prove it or to fear disproof of it because evolutionary theories of human behavior cannot be proven or disproven. They can get your name into the newspaper as an "expert", though.

Mistakes Girls Make said:

This is scientific proof for an old George Carlin joke. God gave man a brain and a penis... and only enough blood to run one at a time.

hot babes said:

This is really true. Hot girls are spicy. If we taste them we become dumb for some mins.

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