The Washington Times - September 4, 2009, 10:59AM

A new study shows that men lose the ability to think clearly when they talk to attractive women, the Daily Telegraph is reporting.

A team of Dutch psychologists tested the memory skills of 40 heterosexual men before and after they spoke to attractive women and found a decline in mental ability after they tried to impress the women.


In a similar test, women showed no changes in mental ability in talking to handsome men.

The Dutch psychologists surmised that men have been programmed by evolution to expend so much thought in trying to attract a mate that they have very little brain power for anything else.

This is one of those studies that seems unnecessary. Still, it’s nice to have some scientific data to support what everybody can observe for themselves.

Now whenever a guy forgets his name when he’s introducing himself to a pretty woman, he can just say it’s not his fault, it’s evolution — if he can remember to say anything at all, that is.

Nobody ever needs to ask “What was he thinking?” whenever a man makes a fool of himself in the presence of a pretty woman, because the answer is obvious — “Not much.”

When I was a kid, I used to try to get the attention of pretty girls by falling off a bicycle. I thought I’d win their sympathy or make them laugh. THAT’s how stupid we get around pretty girls: We think they’re attracted by skinned knees and dislocated shoulders.