Music is something that unites everyone irrespective of age, gender, origin or language, it is a worldwide phenomenon and part of every culture, but the origin of music remains a longstanding puzzle.
Various theories have been proposed, some of which emphasize the biological and social aspects of music.
But, one theory that has been confirmed might be really useful for men.
In a new study, Women rate photographs of male faces more attractive and are more likely to date the men pictured when they have previously heard music.
Moreover, highly arousing music led to the largest effect on sexual attraction.
“There are currently few empirical findings that support Darwin’s theory on the origin of music. We wanted to use a new experimental paradigm to investigate the role of music in choosing a mating partner,” said Manuela Marin, the leader of the study and former associate of the Institute for Basic Psychological Research and Research Methods at the University of Vienna.
In the current study, Marin and her colleagues investigated the impact of musical exposure on the subjective evaluations of opposite-sex faces.
“Facial attractiveness is one of the most important physical characteristics that can influence the choice of a partner. We wanted to find out how music can alter the perception of this feature,” shared Helmut Leder from the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna.
Since music, especially before the advent of modern technology, has always been experienced in the here and now, and mostly in a social context, it is plausible to assume that music could positively influence the visual perception of faces.
“There is some evidence in the psychological literature that so-called arousal transfer effects can occur if two stimuli are processed consecutively. The processing of the first stimulus produces internal arousal, i.e. increased physiological activity, which is then attributed to the second stimulus. This mostly unconscious mechanism can then influence our actions, in this case, the choice of a partner,” explained Manuela Marin.
In their experiment, the scientists presented heterosexual participants with instrumental musical excerpts that varied in their emotional content, followed by a photograph of a face from the opposite sex with a neutral facial expression.
The face was assessed in terms of its attractiveness on a scale. In addition, participants were asked to rate whether they would date the person pictured. In the control condition only faces without music were presented.
There were three groups of participants: women in the fertile phase of their cycle, women in the nonfertile phase of their cycle, and men.
These groups were similar in their musical preferences and musical training, as well as in their mood before the experiment and in their relationship status.
The results showed that female participants rated the male faces as more attractive and were more willing to date the men pictured when previously exposed to music. The fertility cycle did not have a large influence on the ratings.
Overall, highly stimulating and complex music led to the greatest effect compared to the control condition. This effect was not present among male participants.
The results are promising and open up new possibilities to investigate the role of music in partner selection in connection with aspects of physical attractiveness.
So guys start listening to more and more music!!
(With ANI inputs)
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