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.The men were once again asked to rate how closely they identified with stereotypical male quantities, and this time, many of them reported feeling less masculine — a departure from the results of the first experiment, in which only a hypothetical woman was involved.Altogether, the studies concluded that for some men, superior intelligence is only an attractive trait in theory.A man who can appreciate that (and the rest of your traits) is the right guy for you.After all, in any good relationship, two people both bring their own unique talents and abilities to the table, and their individual strengths make the union stronger as a whole.less) intelligence than themselves." In other words, men look for partners with qualities they value, and therefore think superior intelligence is a great quality in a partner. Here's the rub: Once the women became "psychologically near" the man (i.e., he thought about actually interacting with her and dating her in real life), "men showed less attraction toward women who outsmarted them." Really, guys?The men first heard hypothetical scenarios about women who performed either better or worse in a math or English course than they did.
"When a woman outperforms a man intellectually it can lead men to question their masculinity, which may then make them less romantically interested in the woman."It's important to note than real-life situations are different than the study conditions, and that the results don't necessarily apply to all men.
less) intelligence than themselves," the study said."Previous research has shown that people prefer romantic partners with higher 'mate value' than themselves," study author Lora Park told .
"Thus, it makes sense that for a valued attribute such as intelligence, men would prefer someone (in the abstract) with more (vs.
The men were then asked to rate their attraction to the imagined women, and the men chose women who outscored them as the more desirable partners.
But for the next experiment, the men actually sat down and took a test with women who outscored them, and then were asked to think about actually interacting with and dating these women in real life.