It turns out there's a downside to having both beauty and brains.
A new study finds that men "showed less attraction toward women who outsmarted them," the Independent reports.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo, California Lutheran University, and the University of Texas, Austin, conducted the study.
According to the Independent, the findings will be published in the November edition of "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin."
The study was divided in two parts. At first, men were read a hypothetical scenario involving women who either outperformed or under performed them in a math or English course, and then made to imagine them as a romantic partner.
After, they were asked to rank a woman who outscored them as a more desirable partner.
"Men formed favorable impressions and showed greater interest in women who displayed more intelligence than themselves," the study found, according to the Independent.
However, in the second part of the study, men were asked if they would date these women in real life, and the men's attraction to these women changed.
Although the authors of the study believe more experimentation may be needed to confirm the conclusion, the Independent reports that they do believe "feelings of diminished masculinity accounted for men's decreased attraction toward women who outperformed them."
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