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At issue: Are attractive women distracting?

Research shows that men find attractive women distracting

     
11:04 pm on Jan 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I gotta get me a PhD and a grant...
when the anchor had a desexualized appearance, men retained more of the information she presented than women. But when she was dolled up, the men’s retention level dropped to the point where the two genders retained the same amount of content.

The study provides evidence for a basic theory of evolutionary psychology: When it comes to processing information, visual tends to trump verbal.

It also confirms something women have long suspected: A sexually charged image can flood the male brain, stimulating its visual processing component “to levels that demand close to full cognitive capacity.”
[miller-mccune.com...] ha, ha... Wait a minute.

This is nothing new. (<shut up! I have a point to make here, I know that is the understatement of the eons) We saw this in testing print ads. Ads with a "very attractive" woman had less sales than ads with "normal" women and men. Context mattered. The model on the lawn mower--what was it they were selling?

Perfume for Valentine's Day? Different.

Of course, I do enjoy that vendor's calendar of the babes where I get my truck worked on. Of course, I have no idea who the vendor is, however.

Of course, as a male super model myself, I point out that this doesn't apply to me.
1:29 am on Jan 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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weeks, seems like your Spring Time thoughts are kicking in a bit earlier.... oh wait, the Horoscope got messed up I've heard ;)

the lawn mower

gee, it's is still full gear and snowing in NorthEast.
3:44 am on Jan 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Let's see, an ad with an attractive woman smiling behind the new model snow blower...

Wearing a sexy wool hat and a heavy overcoat and gloves... OK, in some cases, it simply does not matter.
11:59 am on Jan 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Let's see, an ad with an attractive woman smiling behind the new model snow blower...

fur coat and no ......


Let's not go there. (not on a public board anyway)
12:42 pm on Jan 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm reminded of that old lyric...

If you wanna be happy
For the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you

(Roaring Lion, 1934 and all those others in between until Jimmy Soul in 1963)

Beware the pretty face in advertising... might distract from the PRODUCT!
1:23 pm on Jan 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'd love to be on a research team that gets paid to announce findings already proved by common sense. Next on their agenda: Is staring directly into the sun harmful?
1:56 pm on Jan 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Next on their agenda: Is staring directly into the sun harmful?

You can do that study. I'm seeking a grant to do more research involving beautiful women. We need to know more.
4:26 pm on Jan 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I'm in California. We find ugly women far more distracting here. :)
6:27 pm on Jan 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Funny we were discussing this just yesterday. I am not a big fan of Carmen Elektra (indifferent,) but we were discussing how advertisers obnoxiously play many commercials back to back, and were using her razor commercial as an example. We couldn't for the life of us remember if it was Gillette or Norelco or what. :-)
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I like pretty women. The older I get, the more pretty women there are. Don't know what that's all about.
10:42 pm on Jan 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I thought as this was a basic rule of advertising: Sex (pretty lass) sells. Surely this comes with one little addendum: You need to remember what they are saying/selling after the ads done.

Cheers,
MRb
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I haven't posted in for-eeeever and THIS is the thread that brings me back out?!

I could have told them that for free....

Anyhow, you don't know what I look like, but I'm sure you have some image in your head....so I have to ask,

Does my name distract you?
11:00 am on Jan 27, 2011 (gmt 0)

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>>Does my name distract you?

i've noticed that on some forums having a female name can get more attention.

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as an employer (we sell stuff to the public at exhibitions) i try to avoid very attractive girls, they waste time getting chatted up by men who aren't going to buy anything, imho they lack credibility as people assume they are employed for their looks not their knowledge.[not my judgement, but my observation]
weirdly very attractive men are less problematic.
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>>The older I get, the more pretty women there are

yeah i've noticed that too!
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many years ago I worked for a company that sold shower fittings to builder's merchants. I was amazed to find that the sales force were all young and very attractive women, typical bimbos in fact, nice to look at but not much good at conversation. The Sales Director told me it was his deliberate policy for two reasons
1) All the buyers were ugly middle aged men (visualise disgraced sexist commentator Andy Gray and you've just about got it.)
2) The sales meetings were much more enjoyable.

(This was from a man who always introduced his spouse as "My current Wife")

It was certainly a successful policy the bimbos picked up the orders regularly, not so much a distraction as an object of focus methinks.