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Sexy images short-circuit men's ability to think clearly

A Belgian research study found that images of sexy women or lingerie made it hard for men to concentrate and think clearly — the little head overruled the big head. (BBC):

The more testosterone he has, the stronger the effect, according to work by Belgian researchers.

Men about to play a financial game were shown images of sexy women or lingerie.

The Proceedings of the Royal Society B study found they were more likely to accept unfair offers than men not been exposed to the alluring images.

…Dr Siegfried DeWitte, one of the researchers who worked on the study, said: “We like to think we are all rational beings, but our research suggests … that people with high testosterone levels are very vulnerable to sexual cues.

“If there are no cues around, they behave normally. “But if they see sexual images they become impulsive.”

…Dr George Fieldman, principal lecturer in psychology at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, told the BBC News website: “The fact men are distracted by sexual cues fits in to evolutionary experience. It’s what they are expected to do.

“They are looking for opportunities to pass on their genes.”

In case you’re wondering, the researches have not found women respond to visual stimuli in the same way.

There is no indication that these folks tested any gay folks. Hmmmm…

Hat tip to Waveflux, who is drooling over Rosario Dawson in his post.

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