They asked 105 men to read a hypothetical scenario about women who had either scored higher or lower than them on a recent exam, and then rank their attractiveness.In addition to rating the women, the men were asked to fill out a survey to measure how much they personally related to various stereotypical male qualities.Men aren't interested in chasing overly intelligent women - but they'll make it work if she's really attractive.As part of a new speed dating study, scientists from the Warsaw School of Economics, analysed the results from more than 4000 speed-dates.For men, apparently, having an intelligent girlfriend is like having a pet wolf — cool in theory, but not something you’d want in real life.
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The study found that men were generally attracted to good looking women who were "relatively clever" however had a tendency to "draw a line in the sand" when it came to a woman's intellect.
Researchers found that male daters believed that a woman with an extremely high intellect was subsequently an "economic bad".
Results revealed that, in general, men “formed favorable impressions and showed greater interest” in the women who had performed better than them, rather than those who performed worse.
Eighty-six percent of these men also said that they would feel comfortable dating someone smarter than themselves, and none exhibited an effect on the way they evaluated their masculine qualities.