9 Out of the Top 10 Traits Men and Women Want In a Romantic Partner are the Same

9 Out of the Top 10 Traits Men and Women Want In a Romantic Partner are the Same

When it comes to what men and women want in a romantic partner, they’re stereotyped as wanting drastically different things. However, research suggests that they actually have a lot in common.

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Sapiosexuality: When Intelligence Is A Sexual Turn-On

Sapiosexuality: When Intelligence Is A Sexual Turn-On

In popular culture, a sapiosexual or sapiophile is someone who thinks that high intelligence is sexually attractive. It’s not just that these individuals think it would be desirable to have a partner with a high IQ, though; rather, these people are actually sexually aroused by high levels of intelligence in another person.

Although the concept of sapiosexuality has proved quite popular and much has been said and written about it in the media, it has been the subject of very little scientific study--until now, that is. A new study published in the journal Intelligence offers the first empirical evidence that sapiosexuality does indeed exist; however, the results suggest that it isn't particularly common.

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Video: Is There a Sex Difference in Intelligence?

Video: Is There a Sex Difference in Intelligence?

The question of whether men and women differ when it comes to intelligence has long been a subject of scientific debate. For instance, some researchers have argued that men have superior intellect because their brains, on average, tend to be larger compared to women. Others, however, have argued that brain size in and of itself is a relatively meaningless metric to consider, especially in light of the fact that numerous animal species have larger brains than humans, but aren’t necessarily smarter than we are.

For a brief overview of what the research in this area has found, check out the video below from our friends over at ASAP Science.

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Do Men And Women Prefer Different Traits In A Romantic Partner?

Media reports tend to suggest that men and women are polar opposites when it comes to romantic attraction. Many news articles boil the difference down to “men care about looks, whereas women care about status and resources.” However, this is an extreme oversimplification. While many studies have found that men value physical attractiveness more than women and women value status and wealth more than men on average, the fact of the matter is that the sexes actually have a lot in common in the arena of mate selection.
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Does Thinking About Sex Make You Stupid Or Smart?

Conventional wisdom holds that thinking about sex makes us dumb. Sexual thoughts distract us and make us do stupid things, right? According to Fox News, which recently ran the headline “It’s a Fact, Sex Makes Us Dumb,” it would certainly seem to be the case. However, a recent set of studies published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that thinking about sex may do just the opposite under certain circumstances. That’s right—thinking about sex can actually make you smarter in some ways.
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