Beautiful women 'make men reckless'

To examine the links between physical risk-taking in young men and the presence of attractive women, researchers conducted a field experiment with young male skateboarders. The study found the skateboarders took more risks at the skate park when they were observed by an attractive female experimenter than when they were observed by a male subject. And, this increased risk-taking led to more successes but also more crash landings in front of the female observer.

The researchers measured testosterone from subjects’ saliva and found that the skateboarders’ increased risk-taking was caused by elevated testosterone levels brought about by the presence of attractive females. According to them, the findings suggest evolutionary basis for male risk-taking.

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