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2011-09-12 15:00:40

Study demonstrates that women's memory is sensitive to male voice pitch Men take note: If you want women to remember, speak to them in a low pitch voice. Then, depending on what they remember about you, they may or may not rate you as a potential mate. That's according to a new study by David Smith and colleagues from the University of Aberdeen in the UK. Their work shows for the first time that a low masculine voice is important for both mate choice and the accuracy of women's memory. The...

2011-08-18 14:39:09

A press release from PLoS ONE Researchers have developed new computational tools that help computers determine whether faces fall into categories like attractive or threatening, according to a recent paper published in the journal PLoS ONE. Mario Rojas and other researchers at the Computer Vision Center in the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain, in cooperation with researchers from the Department of Psychology of Princeton University, developed software that is able to predict those...

2011-06-15 22:11:22

Having an attractive model shill for a product only helps influence sales in certain situations, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. It seems it all depends on the set-up for the advertising. "Sometimes attractive endorsers increase persuasion, sometimes they decrease persuasion, and sometimes they have no effect at all," write authors Janne van Doorn and Diederik A. Stapel (both Tilburg University, the Netherlands). In four experiments, the authors demonstrated that...

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2011-05-25 10:35:00

For guys looking to catch the eye of a female, research suggests that you don't smile too much and show a bit of brooding. Canadian researchers have discovered that women find men less attractive if they appear happy and smiling, Reuters reports. "Men who smile were considered fairly unattractive by women," said Jessica Tracy, a University of British Columbia psychology professor who directed the study. Men's reaction to what is attractive about women is the opposite, "Women who smile are...

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2011-04-20 10:48:28

Women find men whose ring fingers are longer than their index fingers more attractive, according to findings in a study published by the British Royal Society's journal Biological Sciences. Previous studies which were conducted under the banner of evolutionary psychology, suggests that the drivers of human behavior are found in "nature" rather than "nurture," reports AFP. Led by Camille Ferdenzi of the University of Geneva, the new study was designed to find out if women are drawn to the...

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2011-04-08 09:20:00

Beauty is said to be in the eye of the beholder, but a new study reveals that the reverse is also true; unattractiveness is in the eye of the beheld. Research published in Ethology finds that people with bloodshot eyes are considered sadder, unhealthier and less attractive than people whose eye whites are untinted, a cue which is uniquely human."Red, 'bloodshot' eyes are prominent in medical diagnoses and in folk culture", said lead author Dr. Robert R. Provine from the University of...

2011-03-22 21:27:42

Study shows exposure to female managers increases their popularity Do common stereotypes about female characteristics keep the number of women in management roles low? This is the question posed by Janka Stoker and her colleagues from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in their study´ looking at the factors which relate to managerial stereotypes. Their findings, published online in Springer's Journal of Business and Psychology, suggest that increasing the...

2011-03-11 15:25:42

Theories have long proposed that testosterone influences competition among males trying to attract females. Findings from a recent study at Wayne State University give a clearer understanding of the links between testosterone and human mating behavior, and how testosterone is associated with dominance and competitive success when men battle for the attention of an attractive woman. The study engaged pairs of men in a seven-minute videotaped competition for the attention of an attractive...

2011-02-07 18:39:01

Are you still looking for a date for Valentine's Day? Here's some dating advice straight from the laboratory: It turns out there may be something to "playing hard to get." A study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that a woman is more attracted to a man when she is uncertain about how much he likes her. On the one hand, a lot of psychological research has found that person A usually likes person B about as much as they think...

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2011-01-11 09:55:00

When their romantic partners are not quintessentially masculine, women in their fertile phase are more likely to fantasize about masculine-looking men than are women paired with George Clooney types. But women with masculine-looking partners do not necessarily become more attracted to their partners, a recent study co-authored by a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher concludes. Meanwhile, a man's intelligence has no effect on the extent to which fertile, female partners fantasize...