“These Dance Moves Are Irresistible”

On the one hand, studies like this fascinate me for the territories they explore, as well as the territories they reveal for exploration by methods not previously imagined, and frustrate me because they seem to assume universality of results even when their data set is so limited.

Briefly: “Evolutionary psychologist Nick Neave of Northumbria University in Newcastle Upon Tyne wondered whether there was something about male human dancing that impressed females as well. … So he and colleagues cut out the effect of physical appearance by using motion-capture technology, like the techniques moviemakers use to make digital characters. … A computer used data on the location of the markers to construct an avatar of each man. … [and] Heterosexual women watched the videos and rated them according to whether the man was a good dancer or a bad dancer.”

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