A new study on human behaviour theorizes that most men may prefer brains over the lustful body of women but when it comes to actually dating an intelligent woman, they are more likely to sprint.
This is according to a new study, after findings into what men find desirable in women.
A research published in the November edition of ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’, men may claim to find a woman who is smarter than them more attractive. But it seems they get cold feet at the prospect of dating such a woman in real life.
The study, was carried out at the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University and University of Texas, Austin, was split into two parts.
The men were given an intelligence test and then told they were about to meet a woman who had either performed better or worse than them.
The men who were told they were to meet a woman who performed better than them “distanced themselves more from her, tended to rate her as less attractive, and showed less desire to exchange contact information or plan a date with her”, the study found.
The authors concluded that “feelings of diminished masculinity accounted for men’s decreased attraction toward women who outperformed them.”