Posted at 1:34 PM Sep 04, 2009
By Andrea Grimes
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:
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!
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.
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