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Seeing someone who was deemed attractive (and who also ended up with more date requests) was associated with activity in a region of the rater's brain called the paracingulate cortex, a part of the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (DMPFC), which is an important area for cognitive control and decision making.
The paracingulate cortex, in particular, has been shown to be active when the brain is comparing options.
Whether or not we like to admit it, we all may make snap judgments about a new face.
Perhaps nowhere is this truer than in speed dating, during which people decide on someone's romantic potential in just a few seconds.
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Unsurprisingly, the first factor in determining whether someone gets a lot of date requests is physical attractiveness.
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