Study Shows Once and for All that Men Lose Minds Over Women

The experience of being bewildered or mind-blown in the presence of an attractive woman is something that most men can attest to having had, but many may suspect that the analogy is simply a matter of hyperbole or romantic language. Not so, suggests a recent study performed at Radboud University in the Netherlands. Inspired by a meeting with a woman who effectively made him forget his own home address, the lead researcher set out to discover whether men really do lose their minds in the presence of those they find beautiful –and whether women themselves experience the same issue.

Working with groups of university students, the research team assigned both males and females basic memory tests consisting of strings of letters. After spending a while with the tests, the subjects spent a few moments speaking either with a member of their own sex or with an attractive member of the opposite sex. The participants were then instructed to return to the memory tests, and results were gathered. Perhaps unsurprisingly, those males who spoke with attractive females performed far worse than males who spoke with another male. In fact, longer encounters with the females produced proportionately poorer results. Conversely, women did not show a significant decrease in performance regardless of whether they spoke with another woman or an attractive male.

The researchers posit that men in the presence of attractive females instinctively devote their brainpower to securing a mate, whereas females have other considerations linked to biological responses. No matter the explanation, the research may help create more productive and comfortable environments for employees and students who find themselves working inefficiently, studying with distractions, or feeling cornered by excessive attention.

© Copyright 2009 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.

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  • Sherri-Anne Myers

    Sherri-Anne Myers

    September 26th, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    This is a very interesting issue.It has always been obvious to me that men think differently than women, now there are studies that prove it. One step closer to understanding the opposite sex a little better. Thank you for the enlightening article.

  • Cari

    Cari

    September 26th, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    This is very interesting! I have always noticed that there are some men out there who seem to lose their minds when a pretty female is around but now it is scientifically proven that this is true. Men have a one track mind and now the studies out there show it.

  • Janet

    Janet

    September 28th, 2009 at 4:44 AM

    No wonder mags like Playboy and Maxim thrive! They have the science backing them up!

  • Barney

    Barney

    September 28th, 2009 at 10:47 AM

    @Janet
    he he heh…very true :)

    I can say by experience that it is not just a statement that we lose our mind over attractive women, we now have proof that it actually happens :)

  • Emma

    Emma

    October 1st, 2009 at 6:36 AM

    so to beat a guy at scrabble all u need to do is smile and talk to him ? :) very interesting

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