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Will Smith, left, and Jimmy Fallon act out the evolution of hip-hop dancing on the premiere of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” A new study from Northumbria University in England and the University of Gottingen in Germany has determined which dance moves are most popular with the ladies. (via Toronto Star)

Each dancer’s 30-second routine was then used to animate a “featureless, gender-neutral” computer-generated avatar. Researchers asked 37 women to view each of the dancing avatars and rate their performance on a seven-point scale.
But how to quantify what’s going on in each video? The researchers developed a taxonomy of individual dance moves. They isolated three key body regions and the main joints within — the central body, including the neck and torso; the legs, including the knees, hips and ankles; and the arms, including the shoulders, elbows and wrists. For each dancer, they measured the degree and type of movement at each joint — speed, size and variety of movements like bending, twisting and tilting.
They found that women rated dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso. Speed of leg movements also mattered, particularly bending and twisting of the right knee.
In what might be bad news for the 20 per cent of the population who is left-footed, left-knee movement didn’t seem to matter. In fact, certain left-legged movements had a small negative correlation with dancing ability, meaning that dancers who favoured left leg motion were rated more poorly.
While not statistically significant, these findings suggest that there might be something to that adage about “two left feet” after all.
One final surprise: arm movement didn’t correlate with perceived dancing ability in any significant way.
Going beyond the dance floor, these findings may demonstrate that men’s dance moves could carry “honest signals of traits such as health, fitness, genetic quality and developmental history,” although the authors stress that more research is needed to be sure.

Will Smith, left, and Jimmy Fallon act out the evolution of hip-hop dancing on the premiere of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” A new study from Northumbria University in England and the University of Gottingen in Germany has determined which dance moves are most popular with the ladies. (via Toronto Star)

  • Each dancer’s 30-second routine was then used to animate a “featureless, gender-neutral” computer-generated avatar. Researchers asked 37 women to view each of the dancing avatars and rate their performance on a seven-point scale.
  • But how to quantify what’s going on in each video? The researchers developed a taxonomy of individual dance moves. They isolated three key body regions and the main joints within — the central body, including the neck and torso; the legs, including the knees, hips and ankles; and the arms, including the shoulders, elbows and wrists. For each dancer, they measured the degree and type of movement at each joint — speed, size and variety of movements like bending, twisting and tilting.
  • They found that women rated dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso. Speed of leg movements also mattered, particularly bending and twisting of the right knee.
  • In what might be bad news for the 20 per cent of the population who is left-footed, left-knee movement didn’t seem to matter. In fact, certain left-legged movements had a small negative correlation with dancing ability, meaning that dancers who favoured left leg motion were rated more poorly.
  • While not statistically significant, these findings suggest that there might be something to that adage about “two left feet” after all.
  • One final surprise: arm movement didn’t correlate with perceived dancing ability in any significant way.
  • Going beyond the dance floor, these findings may demonstrate that men’s dance moves could carry “honest signals of traits such as health, fitness, genetic quality and developmental history,” although the authors stress that more research is needed to be sure.
On date night, it’s the man who pays, right? Therefore, from a cynical point of view, when you’re trying to sell movie tickets, make sure that the guy who’s buying will be satisfied with your product. It’s easier to get a man to take a woman to a chick flick if some of the chicks flick off their underwear. (via Six Myths About Female Sexuality and Why They’re Myths | Psychology Today)

On date night, it’s the man who pays, right? Therefore, from a cynical point of view, when you’re trying to sell movie tickets, make sure that the guy who’s buying will be satisfied with your product. It’s easier to get a man to take a woman to a chick flick if some of the chicks flick off their underwear. (via Six Myths About Female Sexuality and Why They’re Myths | Psychology Today)

Here’s how it all started. Jennifer Wright at TheGloss.com recently asked CNBC financial reporter John Carney..

Why Do Smart Men Date Less Intelligent Women? - National - The Atlantic Wire: from nine other “smart men,”

..and nine other “smart men,” why so many studies indicate that men prefer dating women who are less intelligent than they are. Carney chalked the phenomenon up to today’s “knowledge economy.” Less intelligent women have more leisure time because they aren’t financially rewarded for staying in school or working long hours, Carney reasoned, and they seek out a smart partner as a means of “economic advancement.” As Carney put it, “dumb chicks have both greater opportunities and greater incentives to try harder to date smart men than smart women do.”

Nicole Lapin doesn’t think & Carney retorts

My take: most men need to dominate their s.o., or at least have the impression that they do. When women complain that “smart men” date dumber chicks, what they’re really saying is why such “eligible bachelors” date women who are more beautiful / younger than me and why don’t they notice me?!

This is neither new nor unexpected, but the problem is more acute because there are now far more educated women than before and they don’t want a dumbo as a partner. They want a men at their level and there just aren’t any. Most will have to either compromise or learn to live alone.