More Musical Advice for Dudes Who Need Help with the Ladies

If you have more in common with Moe Szyslak instead of Troy McClure, any seduction hints are appreciated. Some new neurological information has come to light that may help us face for radio guys when it comes to scoring.

Boffins at the University of Vienna have spent some time looking at the effect of music on sexual arousal and attraction.

According to Helmut Leder, one of the leaders of the research, “Facial attractiveness is one of the most important physical characteristics that can influence the choice of a partner. We wanted to find out how music can alter the perception of this feature.”

Almost 100 heterosexuals were played excerpts of a variety of songs which were followed by a picture of someone from the opposite sex displaying a completely neutral facial expression. The participants were then asked “Would you date this person? Are they attractive?”

Women showed an uptick in their rating of male faces after listening to “arousing” songs. When the music was absent, the meh factor was much higher. Men? Not so much. The music didn’t seem to have any effect on their attractiveness rating of the picture of women.

What works best on women? Drake, apparently.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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