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1/26/2011

Snow Day Palate-Cleanser: Proof That Sexy Women Make Men Dumb

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 11:57 am



[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]

Wait, why is that picture there?

Well, anyway, there is a study that purports to show that when men retain less information when it comes from woman dressed in a “sexy” fashion.  The study has all kinds of problems, not the least of which is low sample size.  But I think what is interesting is that they say that the problem is that when you are paying attention to the visual, you get less of the verbal.

Which begs a question for me.  What if you are not a very “verbal” thinker?  What if you are mainly a visual thinker?  What effect would it have?

Anyway, read the whole thing.  I think the data qualifies as interesting, but contrary to what anyone says, it’s bad science to call it proof of anything.

H/t: Hot Air.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

44 Responses to “Snow Day Palate-Cleanser: Proof That Sexy Women Make Men Dumb”

  1. I would post something about what you wrote, but frankly I wasn’t paying attention…

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  2. What did you say, Scott Jacobs?

    platypus (f083f7)

  3. She didn’t distract me from noticing “clenser” in the title.

    :)

    carlitos (a3d259)

  4. Well, carlitos, that just shows she’s not your type. But catching typos is right up your alley.

    Life is about choices.

    platypus (f083f7)

  5. She didn’t distract me from noticing “clenser” in the title.

    I bet you’re gay…

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  6. What snow? It is 80 and sunny here in Chicago.

    BT (74cbec)

  7. You guys are just too easy.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  8. carlitos

    i think the study says that it affects your dyslexia, too.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  9. LOL (which I intentionally spelled backwards, just in case anyone missed it)

    carlitos (a3d259)

  10. Our local CBS station in LA has a weather caster who is quite attractive, and my wife has noticed that I have developed an unusual interest in the ahem, local mountains. I have no idea what the forecast is for our immediate area, however…

    in_awe (44fed5)

  11. Jackie is the ONLY reason to watch Channel 2 news…. after all, their name, CBS, says it all.

    the funny thing is, every time she some on screen, why wife suddenly starts talking to me about something else.

    8)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  12. Men retain the same amount of infomation when dealing with a beautiful woman, but different information. Uh, what were you saying?

    Bugg (9e308e)

  13. What I found interesting is the claim that men retained more information than women without the distraction and as much even with the distraction.

    sneid (5a738d)

  14. What is this post about?

    RandyG (504b4d)

  15. Well, red, it is clear that her buoyancy is not neutral.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  16. I think there’s something wrong with the site… there’s all these little black squiggly marks under the picture.

    Hmm, I keep seeing even more little black squiggly marks appear. I’d wonder what they mean, but there’s that picture to get back to…

    malclave (4f3ec1)

  17. Meh, her knees are too sharp.

    Just kidding. It is a tribute to this woman that she uses her powers for good, re: The Dupnik Interview. That interview turned the tide, when he admitted he had no evidence to back his radical claims. It put the burden where it belonged.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  18. That young lady is not sufficiently pneumatic to distract me from processing information.

    Mike K (8f3f19)

  19. Mike K., well you are a doctor, damnit.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  20. I’m sure Dana has a few thoughts that we deserve.

    AD-RtR/OS! (b8ab92)

  21. I think this is a prime candidate for future inclusion in this territory:

    The Scientific Method & Its Limits – The Decline Effect

    The article itself is largely mistitled — it’s not about The Scientific Method itself
    at all, but more about the kind of abysmally lousy “quality control” over its
    application in certain softer fields of study.

    Qwis Maffews (edf445)

  22. This calls for more research!

    daleyrocks (e7bc4f)

  23. For important journalistic purposes, of course.

    daleyrocks (e7bc4f)


  24. Which begs a question for me. What if you are not a very “verbal” thinker? What if you are mainly a visual thinker? What effect would it have?

    Huh? Wait? What? Did you say something?

    Qwis Maffews (edf445)

  25. This calls for more research!

    Absolutely. Think we can get a federal grant? It would have been easy when Clinton was in office…

    malclave (4f3ec1)

  26. Meh. I appreciate Megyn Kelly’s good looks, of course, but it’s her cross-examination skills and common sense that are responsible for my total crush on her. Seriously.

    Beldar (a4f461)

  27. I wouldn’t normally believe that … but from Beldar …

    SPQR (26be8b)

  28. Beldar

    Well, some think that lawyers tend NOT to be verbal thinkers, so it bears out my theory.

    Aaron Worthing (73a7ea)

  29. BTW: what’s a “snow-day”?

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  30. “[T]he problem is that when you are paying attention to the visual, you get less of the verbal.”

    Same conclusion in some articles I was reading this morning about people just reading the bulletpoints which make up their Powerpoint presentations.

    mj (402297)

  31. The study is fairly contrived, as the previous one I linked, making a comparison to Angelina Jolie, which makes me wonder about the purpose of the exercise, how did Esquire call her, ‘the queen bee of the mean girls’ she just eviscerates the hapless fellow or gal, who happened to venture into
    the studio,

    orson (6075d0)

  32. I agree that Megyn is very good at interrogation. Her interview of Dopenik was a tour de force. She put on her little girl voice and apologized for asking him these pesky questions. She absolutely defenestrated the old hack. I have been cross examined at least 100 times as an expert witness. I’m glad I didn’t have to go through that experience.

    Mike K (8f3f19)

  33. A “Snow Day”….
    Isn’t that when the weather is so inclement that the Fed Govt excuses everyone from appearing for work in the Nation’s Capitol except those few 5-10% “vital” personnel (you know, the one’s who actually do 85-90% of the work 24/7, and who could run the govt if we permanently RIF’ed the remainder)?

    AD-RtR/OS! (866bbc)

  34. “Fools aren’t born, Pongo. Pretty girls make them in their spare time.” – 101 Dalmations

    JEA (1c1445)

  35. The text in the picture is so small I have nothing left to look at but the wallpaper.
    I’ve got the entire content of the reading matter though, I’ve read the writing on the wall.

    SiliconDoc (7ba52b)

  36. True, she does indeed have excellent diction. Did I use that right? You know what they say, every gorgeous female has a hubby or boyfriend who’s tired of ——- her.

    bill glass (6e4ee7)

  37. Considering that she’s pregnant again, bill, I don’t think that is true in her case…

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  38. Bill Glass, I thought the saying was ‘for every beautiful woman you see, some guy out there is tired of her BS’.

    My response is that if you’re going to be tired of someone’s BS, they might as well be as ideal as possible.

    Dustin (b54cdc)


  39. “Fools aren’t born, Pongo. Pretty girls make them in their spare time.” – 101 Dalmations

    Boy, is THAT one heck of a subtle sexual double entendre.

    … About 9 months of spare time, n’est-ce pas?

    😀

    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (c9dcd8)


  40. You know what they say, every gorgeous female has a hubby or boyfriend who’s tired of ——- her.

    “No matter how gorgeous, charming, delightful she is — no matter how heart-stoppingly beautiful and breathtakingly sparkling she is…. Some guy, somewhere, is utterly and completely sick of her sh**.”

    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (c9dcd8)

  41. This is straight out of Mad Men:

    If you’re attracted to the messenger, you’ll stay for the message

    Jones (72b0ed)

  42. >but it’s her cross-examination skills and common sense that are responsible for my total crush on her. Seriously.

    and I read Playboy for the articles. really.

    Jones (72b0ed)


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