Guys should avoid taking classes that have good-looking women in them if the goal is to learn anything. The cognitive performance of men declines after interacting with attractive women.
The present research tested the prediction that mixed-sex interactions may temporarily impair cognitive functioning. Two studies, in which participants interacted either with a same-sex or opposite-sex other, demonstrated that menís (but not womenís) cognitive performance declined following a mixed-sex encounter. In line with our theoretical reasoning, this effect occurred more strongly to the extent that the opposite-sex other was perceived as more attractive (Study 1), and to the extent that participants reported higher levels of impression management motivation (Study 2). Implications for the general role of interpersonal processes in cognitive functioning, and some practical implications, are discussed.
Spend your cognitive resources wisely. Guys, trying to impress women is often counterproductive. Plus, it diminishes your ability to do other things.
In their second study, the researchers had 53 male and 58 female college participants interact with each other, instead of using a confederate for the interactions (like they did in the first study). Men (but not women), likewise, displayed a decline in performance on a different, very cognitively demanding task, requiring both task-switching and inhibition. Also, just like the first study, this effect held independent of whether the participant was currently in a relationship.
Curiously, that subset of women who admitted they were trying to impress the guy also experienced declines in cognitive performance. So fewer women than men try to impress. But those who do become dumber just like men do.
This all demonstrates how we are slaved to our genes.
Psychologist Dr George Fieldman, a member of the British Psychological Society, said the findings reflect the fact that men are programmed to think about ways to pass on their genes.
'When a man meets a pretty woman, he is what we call 'reproductively focused'.
Of course all that reproductive focus is defeated by birth control. Nature is foiled until natural selection creates future generations with stronger desire to make babies.
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