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Attraction and Science

image6I am such a fan of science. Attraction and Sex Appeal are so transient I had to find out if there was a method to the madness. Based on physical appearance in the span of a movie I can go from total captivation to absolute repulsion completely based on personality and that is without employing anything but basic character assesment. Now I am a very instinctual, while simultaniously relying on my olfactory senses, when finding people that appeal to me. Male cologne, although occasionally pleasant, typically is a deturrent to my real assessment of a person’s potential. I, as well, rarely if ever wear a scent other that deoderant and even that must not have a cloying over bearing scent. The article below lays out how a majority of humans respond to stimulus from the opposite sex. Keep in mind it is not a perfect recipe but more a fluxuating miasma of generalized facts based upon a study group. In some cases my attractions fit with the general populace but my ultimate attraction is to the brain and thoughts my partner chooses to share and the creativity and intellect with which they chose to divulge these ideas.
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THE SCIENCE OF SEX APPEAL
A range of studies brings us closer to finally understanding the mysteries of sexual attraction

by Lee Elliott-Major, Monday 15 January 2001 10.29 EST

How can men make themselves irresistible to women? Put on a deep booming voice, mention that you are already hitched, and slip into the conversation that you have recently been down to the gym. Oh yes, and try and look rugged and masculine, in a kind of Russell Crowe way. In short, be a real man. But even then your mix of pheromones might be the chemical cocktail that repels rather than attracts a woman.

These are the latest research results from the scientists and academics on the scent of sexual attraction. Experiments are honing in on the secret factors behind sex appeal as researchers across the globe work to demystify the human mating game.

Women perceive men with deep voices as being more attractive, stronger and taller than men who speak in high-pitched tones, Nottingham University’s behavioral ecology research group revealed last week. After hearing recordings of 34 men aged between 18 and 30 uttering five vowel sounds, 54 women rated the men’s attractiveness.

Men speaking in ‘low frequency harmonics’ were judged to be more attractive, older and heavier, more likely to have a hairy chest and be more muscular. In reality, there was no connection between the deepness of a man’s voice and his chest hair, muscles or height.

Simply mentioning that you have been working on your muscles down the gym though helps to impress others – irrespective of whether this is actually true or not, Canadian researchers revealed earlier this month.

Mentioning that you exercise regularly when first meeting someone creates a positive perception of your personality and physical condition, says the paper published in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.

Academics at McMaster University in Ontario asked 627 Canadian men and women to rate an individual’s personality and physical attributes based on a brief description that included the person’s gender and information on whether they exercised.

Non-exercisers were considered to have fewer friends, and to be less brave, smart, neat, happy, sociable and friendly. They were more often perceived as sickly, scrawny and sexually unattractive in comparison to their supposedly healthy, muscular, and sexually attractive counterparts who exercised regularly.

Meanwhile, females find males more attractive if other females also show interest, concluded a study at University of Louisville, Kentucky, last month. Women thought that wealth, rather than a sense of humour or social skills, was the reason why the man was attractive to other women.

The finding that women, like all female members of the animal kingdom, engage in “mate copying” explains a number of social phenomena: why women are attracted more to married men than single men; and why ugly pop stars have so many women swooning at their feet.

The researchers presented 166 female undergraduates with a report in which five (fictitious) women rated the physical attractiveness of a man, and indicated whether they were interested in dating him. The female students were more likely to express interest in the man if more of the women in report had also done so.

A study at St Andrews University, meanwhile this month reported that beautiful women go for more masculine men. A woman’s taste depends on how attractive she thinks she is. The academics reckon that beautiful women go for masculine men because they are driven by the urge to have beautiful children while less attractive women find a partner who is least likely to desert them. (Ugh how sad is that ladies? Just one more reason to get that self esteem UP!)

But Australian academics at Southern Cross University have found that particular pheromones can produce very different reactions among women. In one test, nursing students were put in a room and asked to choose between two T-shirts, one of which was laced with a pheromone. The study found that some were strongly attracted to the pheromone T-shirt, but others were put off by it. The researchers are still convinced that pheromone sprays in shops could directly and subconsciously affect the purchasing decisions of females.

Tests carried out at the University of Northumbria last year showed that women found ugly men more attractive when they were secretly exposed to the chemicals found in their armpits.

Finally, scientists think they have got to the bottom of the major question in all sex surveys: why men report higher numbers of partners than women. Academics at the University of Washington found that studies about human sexual activity leave out one crucial factor: prostitutes. The researchers conclude that women working as prostitutes are under-represented in the surveys.

Read the Full Article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2001/jan/15/highereducation
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So in conclusion it is a cluster fuck out there. Be safe, be happy and find whoever makes you heart skip a beat. Looks aren’t everything but you better smell good!

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  1. Firehorse on said:

    A deep voice will always get me. Even the teenager on American Idol that won a few years ago. His voice was soooo deep.

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