“Misattribution of musical arousal increases sexual attraction towards opposite-sex faces in females.” Wait–what?
Robyn is a regular reader/listener who points us to this study on that…I’m not exactly sure what the point is–although if you’re looking to hook up, there might be some kind of important data in this paper. Here’s the abstract:
Several theories about the origins of music have emphasized its biological and social functions, including in courtship. Music may act as a courtship display due to its capacity to vary in complexity and emotional content. Support for music’s reproductive function comes from the recent finding that only women in the fertile phase of the reproductive cycle prefer composers of complex melodies to composers of simple ones as short-term sexual partners, which is also in line with the ovulatory shift hypothesis. However, the precise mechanisms by which music may influence sexual attraction are unknown, specifically how music may interact with visual attractiveness cues and affect perception and behaviour in both genders….
I read this as dudes have a better chance of getting laid in a one-night stand by playing Rush to women in the week before their periods. Rush as a tool of seduction and a prelude to sex? Who knew?
Here’s the entire study.