MORE: Online Dating Gets a Little Less Virtual During the speed dating event, the students were allowed to mingle and chat with one another for no longer than five minutes each.
In other words, the authors write in the , the rm PFC, “correlated not with partners desired by everybody, but with those who were especially desirable to specific participants.” The people who were most attractive overall also triggered activation of the ventromedial PFC (vm PFC), an area that has previously been found to react to appealing faces.
They asked 39 of the participants to have their brains scanned with a functional MRI (f MRI) prior to the event while the students looked at pictures of their potential suitors.
The participants were asked to rate the pictured individuals on a scale of one to four on whether they would be interested in pursuing dates with them.
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