Intimidating women attractive
But Karbowski’s most interesting result is that there is a clear point at which men valuing a woman’s increasing intelligence.
When it comes to women’s preferences, more is better—a man is more likely to be chosen if he is more attractive and more intelligent.
In sum, our hypothetical woman with a 6 out of 10 score for attractiveness will do best with men at a speed-dating event if she scores around a 7 for intelligence.
Men will be less interested in her if she is any less or any more intelligent than this.
This method allowed them to predict whether a person would say "yes" or "no" to a date based on that date’s rated intelligence and attractiveness.
The researchers analyzed their data using a technique called logistic regression.
This isn't true when it comes to men choosing women.
To illustrate this, let’s track the chances of one woman being chosen by a man at a speed-dating event.
As far as women’s preferences are concerned, the sky’s the limit.
Women may be happy to trade intelligence for attractiveness, but they will always be more likely to choose a man who is a little more attractive or intelligent.