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What can be done?

Posted in observations, theories, work by rumin8r on September 4, 2009

I came across an interesting article:

The research shows 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. […]

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 said it was as if he was so keen to make an impression he ‘temporarily absorbed most of his cognitive resources.’

I hava always suspected this fact. They conclude:

The findings have implications for the performance of men who flirt with women in the workplace, or even exam results in mixed-sex schools. [Emphasis mine]

I doubt the implications stop there. In my own experience, the rubberneck extends largely to the sightline, regardless of who might be trying to signal or “flirt” at any given time.

What intrigues me is that we do not hear more evidence or account from the women who cause this reaction. Is this a deeper signal that the most attractive women have come to trust above others? Do men really lack a similar form of lithograph or are we looking in the wrong place to expose a similarly transparent signal?

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