Melissa’s got the details:
Breaking news! Men become less intelligent when they’re trying to impress women they’d like to sleep with! A new study in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology 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 men who talked to women they didn’t want to, er, mate with.
According to The Telegraph:
Researchers who carried out the study…think the reason may be 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.
The findings have implications for the performance of men who flirt with women in the workplace, or even exam results in mixed-sex schools.
Women, however, were not affected by chatting to a handsome man.
Sure, it sounds intriguing HOWEVER… Well I’m not going to weigh in with my thoughts before reading the study–except to say there are so many potentially influential factors involved, I can’t help but once again, wonder about these kind of stories. What do readers think?