July 1, 2008

SURE, IT'S OBVIOUS DARWINIST HOGWASH... (via Bartman):

Why a guy's eye wanders (Todd Katz, Happen)

There he goes again: You're walking down the street with your new guy, and his eyes slide over to check out a blonde in a low-cut top. And let's not even get started on his Salma Hayek obsession. But don't give him too hard a time: A new study suggests that we're biologically compelled to stare at the sexy and powerful.

Researchers at Duke monitored the eye movements of male rhesus monkeys as they looked at photographs of their fellow primates. When a monkey fixed his gaze on an image, he was rewarded with a squirt of fruit juice. What they found: The monkeys were drawn to power and sex, choosing to look at the faces of alpha monkeys of both sexes and the hindquarters of potential female mates. (The sight of a female monkey's rear signals they're sexually available.) They showed this preference even though they were given more juice to entice them to look at lower-ranking, less attractive monkeys.

According to Robert Deaner, Ph.D., a co-author of the study, humans, like our simian cousins, are probably hard-wired to act this way.


...designed to shut Mrs. Deaner up, but if it works we'll tout it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 1, 2008 4:23 PM
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