For Fred Astaire, it was best done cheek to cheek. Madonna made it all about getting into the groove. And Outkast advocated shaking it like a Polaroid picture. Dancing can take many different forms. But which is proven to attract more members of the opposite sex? Science has been silent on the subject until now.
Psychologists at Northumbria University in Newcastle, the U.K., say they have used avatars shimmying to computer-generated dance sequences to pinpoint the moves most likely to win over women, reports LiveScience.
They recruited 19 men between the ages of 18 and 35 to bob to a German dance track while reflectors attached to the men's clothing recorded their moves. The psychologists then used the motions logged by the reflectors to craft avatars – the same method the makers of Lord of the Rings employed to create the character Gollum, if you're wondering – and then asked several dozen heterosexual women to rate the avatars. By having women watch 15-second snippets of faceless white creatures rather than actual men, the reasoning goes, the psychologists weeded out possible prejudices that might creep in because of physical attractiveness. (Because women are never prejudiced by looks in real life.)
The results, which appear in the online edition of the Royal Society's Biology Letters, aren't what you'd guess. The pelvis gets surprisingly short shrift. Instead, the researchers say, the difference between a bad dancer and good dancer comes down to the neck, torso, and right knee. Women tend to be drawn to men who move their upper bodies, use a lot of space, and vary their movements.
While the choice of German dance music is questionable, the researchers say the study is an important breakthrough. "Men all over the world will be interested to know what moves they can throw to attract women," psychologist Nick Neave said. "If a man knows what the key moves are, he can get some training and improve his chances of attracting a female through his dance style." Sense of rhythm not included.
Mara Hvistendahl is writing Unnatural Selection, a book on reproductive technology, sex selection, and gender imbalance.
Why's it always about the heteros???
Because most of the world's population is heterosexual.
cause it's normal and healthier to the alternative (despite what the PC crowd wants the science to say).
Time to bust loose with some of those awesome right knee moves I've been working on!
Wait... do we have to wear those full body lycra suits? I don't know if I'm ready for that...
do i have to dance like a fruit to attract women?
Neither of those were attractive guys, try again.
Though, the second one was cute the way a baby animal learning to walk is cute. Pity, it gets the chicks every time lol
It's pretty funny how the first two repliers don't seem to have any sense of humor at all.
geebob actually comes off as a judgmental bigot, considering the normal, and healthy sexual activities of not only a great quantity of humankind, outside of opposite sex relations, but also the innumerable variety of animal species who also make bonds with those of their same genders.
(yea, it woulda been better had you all just LOLed...ah well)
This is laughable. The British are some of the most disfuntional people I have ever met; I'm laughing all the way to the plane.
Please tell me they included The Techno Viking in this study.....
What I want to know is WHO really funded this "research"? Is it similar to the "Who has the sexiest walk" research? Or the equation for the "perfect day"? www.badscience.net/2007/09/imaginary-numbers/
And truthfully, they both look pretty nerdy. Oh wait, I like nerdy...
gotta call BS on this one. its not the dance moves that are any better, its just that the top figure looks like he is having more fun while the bottom figure looks like he is just trying to keep a rythm and not look stupid.
girls are attracted to guys that know how to have fun???? wow what a breakthrough!!!!
This report disturbs me greatly.I am left footed and my left knee has better rhythm than my right one.Does this mean despite my contortions on the dance floor my left knee will never get the attention it deserves? Do I now have to learn to be ambikneeserous in order to balance out this annoying imperfection ?
Maybe if I don't actually move my right knee at all, as it is useless anyway as an attractive point of focus, then I will be able to successfully redirect a woman's attention to my very active pulsating, quivering and shaking left knee and women will be satisfied with that.
Maybe an alternative would be to keep my legs crossed at all times and maybe convince the fairer sex that my left knee was, in actual fact, my right knee which is the one they should be focussing on.This would likely mean creating unusual and highly creative dance steps in order to make this configuration look completely natural but I hate to lose out on a potential hookup just because I was blessed with an unfortunate knee problem.
Another solution would be to keep my knees covered at all times with my arms and therefore keep females from ever seeing my suspect knee condition.If my neck and torso are all operating as rhythmically they should then I might still have a chance of making a positive impression after all.
To further advance this previous idea I could also use my elbows to divert attention away from my carefully concealed knees.I could substitute all my knee movements to my opposite elbows and bend over so far that these correctly performing elbows might actually resemble correctly performing knees.I could pull my pants up over my elbows and then that might complete the illusion and no one would notice the difference.My right elbow seems to function OK if I don't drink any alcohol and so as a right knee configuration I could score a few points with that.
Does this report cover attractive rhythmic eye movements anywhere and if so instructions on the correct way to proceed with those would also be welcome.Until I know what is acceptable I will keep them closed in case my right eyeball is doing something the left eyeball should doing instead.This might be another current physical problem I may have to work on. Jeez all I ever wanted to do was shake my booty.The way things are going according to this report I'll need the whole dance floor to myself if I'm ever going to get my sexy dancing right...!
1) The sample size is much too small.
2) There is inherient cultural bias in the study, as we know, much of what is attractive is based on culture. It would take a large intercultural study to remove that bias - unless the only result you are after is "What moves work in an English dance club this decade?" rather than a universal principle.
3) Homosexuality is deviant behavior from natural norms making up a small portion of the species. What someone already of deviant attraction finds attractive is in no way germain to a study that wants to find an underlying biological predisposition in perceptions of attraction. Much like someone who loved trees sexually (dendrophilia?) might like whichever dancer was the most stiff and upright. That would, of course, have no bearing on a normal person's perception of attractiveness.
Maybe if you were blind, would you think any of those two dance styles were "sexy"...
Most people doing that at any night club here would get laughed at...
From the comments i can tell that this scientific 'breakthrough' was a bust.
Nothing attracts women to honey more than greenbacks. Lots of them of course.
I think there are some geometrical shapes which attracts people. Like, woman with smooth curves are attractive to man. similary some motions have attractive power without any doubts.
so good !
OK, noted... Moving gracefully, inventively, actively: Good.
Walking around in a circle, maybe vaguely looking like you're touching yourself innapropriately: Bad.
Not entirely sure this justifies its funding, though.
Interesting!I hope that everyone enjoyed the recent holidays that we've recently had (except 9/11) and have a great weekend!Hear from you next week!
My now 9 year old son has been hyperactive around girls that he likes, to show them that he is good mating material. "Look at me! I got muscles!"
And Curves? Fat women have smooth curves and they're not attractive.
And why is it soooo PC to say that saaamee geeenderrr sex is normal and healthy. So what. You like it and its not hurting anyone, do it. But we homophobes don't have to like it. You're not going to be accepted by everyone. Get over it.
And why is this stupidity funded. Wellll ... I was a medical research scientist for 20 years and 90%, no make that 99% of our work was a complete waste of money. Like any human endeavor, science or homosex, its 99% politics. Distribution of resources, money or sex or whatever, is what its about.
But my real question is, if I dance like the good guy will I get lucky? Cause at my age its getting frustrating (my boy says fusserating).
Sounds to me like white boy does have rythm after ALL!!
its always about heteros because they make up the vast majority of the population; secondly, when talking about evolutionary psychology, they are the only ones who reproduce so they really are the only ones that matter
I cant dance for crap so I prefer the tried and true method of an expensive dinner followed by a movie.
my buddy's step-mother makes Dollar 73/hour on the computer. She has been without work for six months but last month her income was Dollar 12032 just working on the computer for a few hours. why not find out more...