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Different Side of Brain Views Skin-Baring Women

Ladies, the next time a guy whistles at you, remember—he may just be wired that way. A new study has discovered that when men view images of sexualized women, they perceive them as able to feel emotions, but not to think for themselves. By showing participants pictures of faces, clothed bodies, and unclothed body parts, scientists revealed that the mind categorizes the faces as being intelligent and likable, while the naked flesh is seen as capable of feeling and needing protection from harm. The tests showed decreased activity in the side of the brain that measures thought capacity when looking at the more risqué pictures. Women aren’t exactly seen as objects, the study shows, but merely as different types of humans.

October 12, 2011 3:49 PM