Science: Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot

The Telegraph, reported a few days ago on research published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology that proves exactly why my wife thinks I’m an idiot:

[R]esearch shows men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive.

Nichelle (right) and I (left) on a recent date.
Nichelle (right) and I (left) on a recent date.

We can all picture in our heads the caricature of the stammering young man whose failed attempts at communicating intelligently actively destroy him in the eyes of the beauty he is trying to impress.

As it turns out, it actually happens. Researchers at Radboud University in The Netherlands experimentally supported the idea that cognitive function drops in males inversely proportional to how attractive they find the female with which they are interacting. They “carried out the study after one of them was so struck on impressing an attractive woman he had never met before, that he could not remember his address when she asked him where he lived.”

Clearly, my normally-well-functioning brain is doomed when faced with the overwhelming beauty of my fabulously stunning wife, Nichelle. I don’t have a chance of impressing her, and come off looking like a moron!

And now the research proves it.

(Thanks to Nichole DiVietro for pointing out which “Disney Couple” Nichelle and I most resemble.)

6 Replies to “Science: Why My Wife Thinks I’m an Idiot”

  1. Actually, according to the article, they did the research _after_ one of them was trying to talk to a woman he found attractive, and couldn't remember his address when she asked it.

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