Saturday, September 05, 2009

Chicks Make Us Dumb

Any guy can tell you that there's a peculiar brand of tongue tiedness that comes over us when we talk with women. It's not just in your head, fellas -n ow there's science to back it up (via Volokh):

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.

Researchers who carried out the study, published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, 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.
Sounds like something out of Seinfeld, but it's true. At least I've got a defense next time the girlfriend and I are together and I say something completely stupid. Not that she suffers from a similar deficiency:
Women, however, were not affected by chatting to a handsome man.

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