Many studies have run experiments where people were given pictures and then asked to evaluate the attractiveness of the people in the pictures.
Men like smart women — as long as the women keep their distance, that is. The closer they get, the less attractive they are. This from a study by Lora Park, associate professor of psychology at the University at Buffalo. In some phases, men met women after hearing they had outperformed the men in English or math tests. In other phases, the women were described similarly to the men but "unable" to meet them.
In fact, they were fictional. In fact, the men literally distanced themselves from the smart women by moving their chairs away from the women's chairs. San Francisco professional matchmaker Kim Terca agreed.
Having a double-digit IQ gap, Terca said, "means I have to fish in a smaller pond. Men don't like complicated.
Some women do dumb themselves down to boost men's egos, Terca said. If men don't want them, good; then there are more left for me!
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For her young, female students, Park advises: "Focus on your education and career goals, and find a man who will be your cheerleader. Stop apologizing for being smart.
Women do that so much, 'Saturday Night Live' once did a sketch about it. Parents, encourage your bright daughters by complimenting them on their success, not their appearance, Park said. Next up for Park is a study that will reverse the gender roles, with women asked to measure their attraction to smart men, near and far.
Leslie Mann is a freelance reporter. Men in the study found the idea of smart women much more attractive in the abstract.
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