Scientists have found that first impressions count after tracking down the area of the brain which decides who is a suitable match for you.
Doing a speed-dating experiment with a difference, researchers at Trinity College, Dublin recruited students to do brain scans before taking part in quick-fire dating.
Prior to the event, the students were asked to rate pictures of the other participants and comment on whether they fancied going out on a date with them.
They rated the potential matches on attractiveness and likeability under the watchful eye of the scientists.
The singles then went speed-dating, talking to the potential suitors for no more than five minutes before moving on.
The scientists matched up the student's verdicts at the end of the speed-dating rounds with their initial brain scans.
They found that a certain part of the prefrontal cortex was almost always activated when the participant saw the photo of the person they eventually said they fancied after meeting them.
The findings highlight that first impressions are important to our brains when it comes to picking out a mate.
Those questioned also felt they could judge 'likeability' based on appearance – which might be why 'girl next door' types like Jennifer Aniston often get the guys.
The authors explained, "Judgments about romantic relationships thus seem to be formed within seconds of seeing a potential partner, but also depend on a complex mix of evaluations about physical and psychological compatibility."
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