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May 03, 2010 | By

The University of Valencia recently conducted a study to examine stress levels in men. The study tested 84 different men by putting them in a room with a man and a woman, then asking them to complete a Sudoku puzzle. The study found that when the guinea boy was left alone with another boy, his stress levels didn't change. However, when left alone to finish this puzzle with only a female, who was "out of his league", his cortisol - a hormone produced by the body under physical or psychological stress and has been linked to heart disease - levels sky rocketed.

"In this study we considered that for most men the presence of an attractive woman may induce the perception that there is an opportunity for courtship. While some men might avoid attractive women since they think they are 'out of their league', the majority would respond with apprehension and a concurrent hormonal response. This study showed that male cortisol levels increased after exposure to a five-minute short social contact with a young, attractive woman."

The study also concluded that although, in small doses, cortisol does have positive effects such as improving alertness, chronically elevated cortisol levels can transform medical conditions such as "heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and impotency".

So, what? Attractive women are linked to causes of impotency just like smoking and obesity? Should we invent some anti-hotness pill to diminish the sex appeal of strange women so dudes can have the stones to relax and finish the cross-word? Give me a fucking break. What is the point of this research? Why was this study gendered? I mean, put me in an empty room with nothing but a dumb puzzle and a hot dude then strap a bunch of wires and nobs to my brain and yeah, things might get a little tense. My cortisol levels will rise and guess what? I might even like it.

Via Telegraph UK

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