If you find yourself in a Brian de Palma movie or a James M. Cain novel, you might want to make sure you've got some minocycline on you--it's been found to reduce men's tendency to trust attractive women, in a study with lots of ramifications that make me, as a liberal-arts-educated twentysomething, pretty uncomfortable.
In the research, conducted by Japanese researchers and published in Scientific Reports 3, men were dosed with a placebo or with the minocycline and given money to invest with women of varying levels of attractiveness. Says the paper, minocycline has been shown "to facilitate sober decision-making in healthy human subjects."
The men given a placebo chose to give more of their money to the women of high attractiveness, to the tune of about 66 percent, compared to only about 49 percent given to the women of low attractiveness.
The men dosed with minocycline, an antibiotic usually used to treat acne, gave less money overall, but with a smaller split. The dosed men gave about 52 percent to the women of high attractiveness, and 48 percent to the less attractive women.
This study, as you've realized, is kind of messed up, assuming as it does that women are trying to indiscriminately take men's money and that a literal drug is needed to prevent this. It's the kind of study that'll probably be wholly embraced by the watchful anti-misandrists over at Reddit's disturbing Men's Rights subforum. But the results do indicate that some decrease in trust was going on; minocycline is also sometimes used to treat schizophrenia, so it clearly affects the neurological system in addition to its function as an acne medication. The study appears in the current issue of Scientific Reports 3.
...."as a liberal-arts-educated twentysomething, pretty uncomfortable."..
First of why is a iberal airts major writing for a SCIENCE magazine? This could expain why articles on this website have been treading more towards "popular" and more away from "sceince"
Second since the author feel the need to editorialize (super big no-no) Why does he(asuming Dan = Daniel and not Danielle) find this disturbing? Because it confirms hot chick can manipulate men, or that their might be a cure?
Also note that this study is taking place in Japan where, at least anecdotal evidence shows, that women are more likely to use their looks to take advantage of men.
Seriously, what other country in the world has a society where middle school girls (12-16) regularly turn to prostitution BY THEIR OWN CHOICE. Its also the society where fewer and fewer young adults are getting married and having children, as well as a preponderance for women to regularly rank "Salary" as the #1 reason to date a man.
If I were a man living in such an environment, being constantly confronted by women who only judge my worth by how much money I make, or where I see women/girls regularly having sex for money, I too would be considering finding a way to prevent myself from falling into such a trap.
SMH. Again, the ability to post comments should have an age limit. PopSci, make this happen pl0x.
What happens when a really good-looking female pharmacist is trying to convince a zit-faced schizophrenic male to buy minocycline?
Men are fairly rational and have control of their emotions except when it comes to attractive women. Most women are turned off by the ones who become emotional and are willing to spend all their money to get her attention. When a man becomes less emotional and indifferent, he attracts the most attractive females. So if a guy takes minocycline, there is a good chance that he will attract a larger number of attractive females. The end result is the same except he will have even more gold diggers chasing him whether he has money or not. Therefore the chances of choosing an attractive woman even if she is a gold digger is greater. The experiment does not take into account the effects that minocycline has on women when men take it. It has been proven that when an atattractive woman realizes her beauty does not work on a guy like it does on 99.9% of them, she becomes love struck.
Oy vey, something new to sell. Tell me Nasowitz where can I find the formula to this new drug?
"It's the kind of study that'll probably be wholly embraced by the watchful anti-misandrists over at Reddit's disturbing Men's Rights subforum."
Thanks for the plug.