September 09, 2009
Pretty Women Make Guys Dumber

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.

Being in a relationship didn't help guys maintain their ability to think about mentally challenging tasks.

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.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2009 September 09 11:12 PM  Brain Sex Differences


Comments
Cilla Mitchell said at September 12, 2009 6:11 AM:

So, this just confirms the old saying, which by the way, never was part of a funded government study, that "all men think with their dicks."

Jake Peachey said at September 12, 2009 8:08 AM:

Man, the biologically driven animal? All creatures in God's creation are limited to the biological instincts of genetic imprint with some limited capability of learning alternate behavior, that is, except for man. Man has full RAM (random access memory) capability that can utilize an alternative operating software that can counter and control the hardwired ROM (read-only memory) of genetic imprint. It is this alternate operating software that makes civilization possible. Even the "phrase rule of law" is a formulation that can only be called religious because the only thing that science and nature can teach us is survival of the fittest, kill or be killed, for the advancement of the is the most successful gene pool of the physical animal.

The Christian faith holds that man is capable of being a moral creature, beyond instinct of the animal, and is to be held morally accountable. Some people don't like that idea. Jeremiah 17,9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.... the instinctive nature of the animal Man.

And when this animal in human form acquires totalitarian power, millions die: Stalin, Hitler, Mao,PolPot, etc. --- expressing the sadistic proclivity of their power with the capability of death and destruction. Civilization under the rule of law (a religious culture versus rule of human ideology) builds and creates ----creating the greatest civilization ever where common man enjoys real political freedom and prosperity our ancestors would never have imagined in their wildest dreams.

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