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New research proofs: Men prefer women who look like them

Men find women with whom they share certain facial features more attractive. This is the conclusion of a study carried out by a team from the Institut des Sciences de l’Evolution de Montpellier (Isem, CNRS/Université Montpellier 2/IRD) .

The scientists focused on certain facial characteristics such as eye and hair color, lip and eyebrow thickness and the presence or absence of a chin dimple. However, unlike most previous studies, they compared the features of the men surveyed with those of the women that they considered attractive. This work, published on 21 November in the journal PLoS One, reinforces the theory of homogamy, whereby individuals seek a sexual partner that looks like them – extending it here to genetic traits.

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Women Know if Date is a Potential Partner Within 90 Seconds

New research shows that women know whether their date is a potential partner within the first 90 seconds of meeting them, compared to 5 minutes for men.

It’s true, women really do know what they want when it comes to choosing a man as the average British woman knows if her date is a potential partner within 90 seconds of their first date.

Men are more forgiving and give a woman 5 minutes to impress them before they make the decision as to whether they’ll be seeing them again. Continue reading

Speed Dating: how it works in your brain

Another research that proves the science behind Soul2Match: The brain runs a complex series of computations to tally the allure of a prospective partner in just seconds, a new study finds.

And the strength of these brain signals predicted which speed daters would go on to score a match.

The results help explain how people evaluate others — a process that happens at lightning speed, says neuroscientist Daniela Schiller of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. “It’s a gut feeling, but here, the paper dissects it for us and tells us, ‘This is what we calculate.’”

Scientists led by Jeffrey Cooper, who conducted the work at Trinity College Dublin and Caltech, scanned the brains of single volunteers as they looked at pictures of potential dating partners. Although it’s hard to put a number on people by a photo alone, researchers made volunteers rate on a scale of 1 to 4 how much they’d like to go on a date with the person in the photograph. Continue reading

Again research shows: we like the look of look alikes!

Dating your mom? Your wife or girlfriend probably shares Man with his mothersome close similarities with the first woman you ever fell in love with: your mother.

Researchers in Finland recruited 70 men and women and compared the face of each person’s spouse to the participant’s opposite-sex parent. The absolutely horrifying results: While the women’s husbands looked nothing like their fathers, the men were likely to end up with women who “significantly” resembled their moms, says Urszula Marcinkowska, Ph.D., an evolutionary psychologist at the University of Turku. (You may now vomit.) Continue reading

Dating? Make sure you give your feet what they deserve

Dating? Show your feet!

Untamed toes are the biggest turn off for women. It seems that feet, whether their own or their partners, are the least favoured part of the body for women.

This dislike can effect a woman’s self esteem and even their sex lives, a new survey reveals. eet are apparently the biggest turn-off in a partner with two fifths of women finding it the least attractive part of a man’s body. Continue reading

How Facebook Ruined Dating (And Breaking Up Too)


The Facebook Relationship Effect is real: research shows that Facebook is changing the way we meet, date and also slowly rip each others hearts out. 

Meeting/dating/relationship-ing was hard enough before 2003. And then Facebook created a whole new set of obstacles, awkward conversations and unclear situations. “Can I admit to knowing things you’ve done (based on your pics) before we go on dates?” “Should we get to know each other on Facebook before we date?” The difficulty of dating in the era of Facebook is not just in your head, either. Researchers have found that Facebook really is altering, or at least reflecting, new relationship patterns, even how people break up. Or more accurately, don’t break up.

“I’ve been surprised at what a real impact Facebook has on romantic relationships,” Galena Rhoades, a clinical psychologist at the University of Denver, told me. “And I do think Facebook is playing bigger role in relationship formation and relationship disillusions.” Continue reading

Fruits and veggies: 7-a-day for happiness and mental health

Don’t worry—be happy! Easy enough to say, but researchers in the UK have some evidence to show that simply eating at least seven portions of fruit and vegetables per day can help improve mental health and well-being.

Happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day, according to a new report.

Economists and public health researchers from the University of Warwick studied the eating habits of 80,000 people in Britain. They found mental wellbeing appeared to rise with the number of daily portions of fruit and vegetables people consumed. Wellbeing peaked at seven portions a day.

The research was carried out in conjunction with Dartmouth College in the USA and is due to be published in the journal Social Indicators Research.

Most western governments currently recommend ‘5 a day’ for cardiovascular health and as protection against cancer risk. What to read to whole study? Click here Continue reading

A real love competition

Everlasting love…Is it possible for one person to love more than another? In an attempt to find out, filmmaker Brent Hoff teamed with Stanford University neuroscientists to test lovers’ abilities, using an fMRI to monitor brain activity and measure whose adoration was the strongest.

The results can be seen in The Love Competition, a short film directed by Hoff (watch the whole thing below). The San Francisco director, who edits DVD magazine Wholphin, said he knows the idea of reducing love to a neurochemical blood sport might rub some people the wrong way, but he hopes people see the film in the good-natured way he intended.

It turns out — based on the levels of activity in the dopamine, serotonin and ocytocin/vasopressin pathways — it is possible for one person to exhibit that they can love someone more deeply than another person can. But what’s amazing about The Love Competition is seeing the participants talk about their loves and the effects the fMRI tests had on them. Many come out almost giddy when the test is complete, and one woman tearily explains that she just feels lucky for the love she’s had in her life.

What they found was unique, Hoff said, because the player with the lowest score was actually the one who probably “won” in the long run. “The guy who lost, who came in dead last, was probably the happiest of anyone; he realized he wasn’t in love with his ex-girlfriend,” Hoff said. “He walks out of there with his arms raised, triumphant.”

If you have 15 minutes, this is for sure worth to watch. This isn’t about psychological evaluations, personalty tests, hundreds of questions, quizzes, behavioral matching and the rest of it. This is a short film about how some researchers are going right to the heart, er, brain, of the matter of love.

A competition were real people are  thinking about true love, and the researchers are just measuring this.

Male DNA Found in Brains of Women

If you’re a woman who has been pregnant with a male fetus, you may have male DNA permanently in your body, according to a study that found such genetic material in the brains of women.

The study, published in PLoS ONE, is the first description of male microchimerism in the female human brain. Microchimerism is when someone harbors cells that came from a genetically distinct individual. Or, in the immortal words of the Monkees (singing a Neil Diamond penned song), a person can be A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You.

The serious side of this is that scientists working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center  have linked the phenomenon to autoimmune diseases and cancer, sometimes for better and other times for worse.

Lead author William Chan, who is in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, conducted the research while working in the lab of J. Lee Nelson, a member of the Center’s Clinical Research Division and a leading international authority on microchimerism. Continue reading

Women more nostalgic than men about sex with an ex

Over a THIRD of the women say sex with past partner wasWomen more nostalgic than men about sex with an ex - with over a THIRD saying sex with past partner was better. Many women are looking back with longing on past relationships, admitting sex was better with their ex than their current partner.    A total of 38 per cent of women confessed in a recent survey that they had the best sex of lives in a previous relationship. Meanwhile just 29 per cent of men said their best sex was with an ex.    Sex expert Tracey Cox said this 'grass is greener' sexual syndrome isn't new. better.

Many women are looking back with longing on past relationships, admitting sex was better with their ex than their current partner.

A total of 38 per cent of women confessed in a recent survey that they had the best sex of lives in a previous relationship. Meanwhile just 29 per cent of men said their best sex was with an ex.

Sex expert Tracey Cox said this ‘grass is greener’ sexual syndrome isn’t new.

She said: ‘Women don’t tend to marry the guy they had great sex with. They marry for more ‘sensible’ attributes – like whether he’ll be loyal and a good father. I get lots of emails from women saying they love their husbands but fantasise about sex with their exes.

‘They don’t regret not choosing them as long-term mates, but they do miss the great sex they had.’

Source: Dailymail

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