To the likes of me, anyway:
Just five minutes alone with an attractive female raise the levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, according to a study from the University of Valencia.
The effects are heightened in men who believe that the woman in question is “out of their league.”
Cortisol is produced by the body under physical or psychological stress and has been linked to heart disease.
Hmmm. How did they check this?
Researchers tested 84 male students by asking each one to sit in a room and solve a Sudoku puzzle. Two strangers, one male and one female, were also in the room.
When the female stranger left the room and the two men remained sitting together, the volunteer’s stress levels did not rise. However, when the volunteer was left alone with the female stranger, his cortisol levels rose.
I know where I’m going to fall on this scale.
(Via Glenn Reynolds.)