How speed dating works in the brain
But it's more than just whether someone is hot or not.
Whether or not we like to admit it, we all may make snap judgments about a new face.
The paracingulate cortex, in particular, has been shown to be active when the brain is comparing options.
This phenomenon was fairly consistent across all participants, says Jeff Cooper, a former postdoctoral scholar in O'Doherty's lab and first author of the paper.
Perhaps nowhere is this truer than in speed dating, during which people decide on someone's romantic potential in just a few seconds.
How they make those decisions, however, is not well understood.
By giving everyone a chance, you’re upping your chances of meeting someone special.2. Since you never know who you’re going to meet at these events, it’s important to approach the situation in an upbeat way.
In fact, the concept of speed dating is based on the idea that you can tell right away, practically within minutes, if you’re interested in someone romantically.
They were given four seconds to rate, on a scale from 1 to 4, how much they would want to date that person.
After cycling through as many as 90 faces, the participants then rated the faces again—outside the f MRI machine—on attractiveness and likeability on a scale from 1 to 9.
At the end of the event, which usually involves meeting eight to 12 possible matches, you’ll turn in this piece of paper to the program’s leaders, and if mutual interest is expressed by you and any of the people you met, you’ll receive an email the next day with their contact information.
From that point, the ball’s in your court to turn your speed date encounter into a real courtship.