London, Aug. 7 : Ladies out there, look before you go out for a date- your intelligence might turn-off your man. A study has confirmed that the smarter a woman is, the less likely it is a man will fancy her, unless she is highly attractive, reports the Independent.
During the research, done by the Warsaw School of Economics, 4,000 speed dates were studied by the scientists, where 560 people were given four minutes to get to know their date.
Later on, the volunteers were asked to rate each other based on intelligence and attractiveness. After analysing the results, researchers found that women were impressed by men who were either good looking or intelligent; but men emphasised more on physical appearance.
A woman of good intelligence helped distinguish her from her counterparts, but the cleverer a woman was, they found she had to be equally beautiful to be worth pursuing.
There was a clear line where her intellect went from being a positive factor to a negative one. Reportedly, relationships expert Pauline Brown said, "This study fits in with what I'm observing and hearing: clever women - graduates - who feel they have to dumb themselves down and hide their brains to be attractive to men." The study, in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, found that women do not exclude men who are deemed to be less good looking.
"Even those men who are not perceived by women as physically attractive may receive positive speed-dating decisions, if only those men seem intelligent.
Males demonstrate a clearly different approach to mate selection. In men's perception, for relatively high values of women's perceived intelligence, this personal trait turns out to be an economic bad," said the study.