Study: Men Losing Their Minds Over Women

(PhysOrg.com) -- Research reported in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology has shown that men go ga-ga over pretty women. They simply lose their minds (while women keep theirs).

The study measured in 40 male heterosexual student volunteers, who were asked to perform a standard in which they were shown a stream of letters and had to quickly say if each was the same as the previous letter. They then spent several minutes talking to either a man or an attractive woman and then repeated the test.

The researchers found that even a few minutes with the attractive woman was enough to make the students slower and less accurate on the test. The more attracted they were, the worse their results.

They also studied the effects on women students of being in the company of handsome men, and found the test scores were unaffected.

The psychologists Johan C. Karremans, Thijs Verwijmeren, Rila M. Pronk, and Meyke Reitsma, from Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, think evolutionary processes have programmed men to regard women first as potential mates. They temporarily concentrated their 'cognitive resources', or , on trying to impress the woman, and there was little left over for the task they had been given.

According to Dr George Fieldman, a member of the British Psychological Society, when a man is talking to an attractive woman he is 'reproductively focused' and concerned with passing on his genes. are less focused on appearances, and look for other signs of a perfect mate, such as youth, kindness and wealth.

The idea for the study came from one of the scientists, who was so impressed by a beautiful woman he met that when she asked where he lived, he had forgotten his own address! He had temporarily lost his mind.

The study may have practical implications, both for the workplace and for mixed-gender schools.

More information: , Volume 45, Issue 4, July 2009, Pages 1041-1044. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2009.05.004

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Sep 07, 2009
This is why men forget anniversaries ...

Sep 07, 2009
Basically it's subconscious leveling of cognitive functions for the sake of easier communication.

SJO
Sep 07, 2009
....and ten thousand male heterosexual readers nod their heads and say, "Yep."

Sep 07, 2009
The bible is the first research noted (after 3562A.M.)for this, it has been written that wine and women make wise men fall off, and shall rebuke the prudent. Chapter 19 verse 2 douay-rheims bible.

Sep 07, 2009
So, in a follow up study have the single women talk to a bachelor who is extremely wealthy and a philanthropist and see if it impairs their cognition.

Sep 07, 2009
Interesting, but one notices that there is no conclusion beyond the basic fact of the matter. So, what is it? Re-allocation of cognitive resources towards the goal of getting the girl- or at least thinking of it?
Wonder how this correlates with the age of the test subjects. Since we're talking about students here, probably all less than say 30, right?

Sep 07, 2009
What happens when you do the same but in place of the attractive woman you use a nice cold frosty and frothy mug of beer 6" away or a favored sports playing during a nail biting competition or the smell and sight of a nice slab of a meat sizzling on a grill? Diversion are aplenty some of which are firmly rooted in our DNA to make overcoming them very difficult.

Not that women don't have them too, theirs are just different. Besides, its a well know fact that women are emotional/hysterical/hormonally challenged and can't process information as well, n'est pas? ;-) At least women have an excuse. (I'm KIDDING)

This is just a lame attempt at humor with a little tint of seriousness to recognize there diversions that affect even the most disciplined among us.

poi
Sep 08, 2009
The more attracted they were, the worse...


lol! is this another unitless measure?

...and there was little left over for the task they had been given.


lol! then maybe it's the reserve that has a problem to begin with!

. Women are less focused on "appearances", and look for other signs of a perfect mate, such as "youth"
-by Lin Edwards

lol! Most agree that women are ambivalent, even across cultures... but not this much!

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@Caliban

Since we're talking about students here, probably all less than say 30, right?


maybe... and it gets worse with age:

The idea for the study came from one of the scientists, who was so impressed by a beautiful woman he met that when she asked where he lived, he had forgotten his own address!


trying to salvage reputation by commissioning a study! lol!

Sep 08, 2009
...and getting more attractive wimen to perform studie on...

Sep 08, 2009
It gets worse with age, poi. When I was 18, I had no idea what I preferred in women. Now that I have a glimmering, it's hard to resist a good prospect.

I'll certainly vote for "women are less concerned with appearances" ... day before yesterday, I got that "deer in the headlight" look from a very nice woman. It was only when I got home that I discovered my "natural blow dry" hair (leaving my car windows open) made it look like one of the 3 Stooges.

Sep 08, 2009
and it gets worse with age

I disagree. When I was in my teens and twenties yes I was easily distracted by beautiful women. However, now that I am in my late 40's, experience has shown me that beautiful people, especially those at the very end of the Bell curve, tend to be superficial people that I don't enjoy spending time with, and thus they aren't ideal mate candidates. At least this has been my experience. Yes there are exceptions, no I am not saying that all attractive people are superficial.

Sep 08, 2009
Dozer-
Full agreement with you. It has been a little while since a beautiful face made me so gaga that I drove off a bridge.

Sep 08, 2009
They got it all wrong. Men are all about physical, such as women, tools, cars etc. Women are all about emotions, nice dresses, being pretty, love, affection etc.

In general, a men will fall for any physical objects they want, including women. Women on the other hand, will fall for any emotion that feels good, like flowers, telling them how beautiful they are, how much we love them etc.

This is not rocket science, it's a fact of life, and for a good reason...

Men are physically strong to work and protect. Women are emotionally strong to raise babies and take care of the family and all the stuff men don't like (or can't do because of work) to do (cleaning etc.)

We can not live without one another, even if we are not at all on the same wavelength.

Sep 08, 2009
Heh I wonder if women would have the same reaction if they were placed in a room with some expensive italian shoes, and an episode of Greys Anatomy playing in the background.

Sep 09, 2009
So, in a follow up study have the single women talk to a bachelor who is extremely wealthy and a philanthropist and see if it impairs their cognition.


Actually it will have the opposite effect, as the mind goes into overdrive trying to work out how you can wrap him round your little finger :)

Sep 12, 2009
getting more attractive wimen to perform studie on

Ooh! Genuine insight! (-:

Sep 14, 2009
"See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time."
-- Robin Williams

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