For those not equipped with a square jaw-line as solid as concrete, swollen biceps and six clearly defined abdominal muscles, have no fear. As long as you have a good sense of humour and can make a woman laugh, you actually have a better shot with her, so says a new study by Stanford University School of Medicine.
The study involved scanning the brains of 22 boys and girls aged six to 13 (a strange age demographic when you’re talking about dating, but moving on…) as they viewed funny videos─which are a dime a dozen thanks to everyone filming their own foibles and posting it on YouTube. For comparison, the children also watched more generic videos, like nature clips, people dancing, and people snowboarding (in other words: boring clips you typically find yourself watching during a slow work day).
The children were scanned using MRI technology and then asked by researchers how much they enjoyed each clip shown and rated its humour. Scientists found that the girls’—and therefore women’s—brains show greater activity than men’s in response to humour. It is therefore believed that humour is a woman’s way to judge his genetic aptitude as a suitable partner and father.
(THANK GOD average looking dudes, there’s hope for us!)
Researchers said their findings suggest that women more commonly respond to humour “because the female brain, and particularly the reward circuit, is biologically better prepared to respond accordingly”.
These findings are consistent with the notion that women have evolved to better appreciate humour, whereas men have evolved to produce such humour as the male gender has ventured farther away from our “me eat meat, work out and drag wife by hair” roots. Instead, we’ve masked this macho spirit of the past with a three-part formula consisting of sensitivity, questionable humour and slim fit jeans.