According to a study recently published in the journal Appetite men are more likely to receive a positive reaction from women after a good meal. So it seems that men are not the only ones who are more open to romantic situations after they eat, but women as well.
The study was conducted by researchers from Drexel University and was led by Dr. Alice Ely from the University of California-San Diego. The researchers analyzed how women responded to different romantic cues. The study included both participants who were on a diet and those who were not on a diet. It was proved by previous research that when people are hungry they become more sensitive to various rewarding stimuli such as food, drugs or money.
In a past pilot study the research team analyzed medical data about women who were in college focusing on how their brain was affected by food cues. The scientists also checked whether there was any difference between women who had a history of dieting or women who did not follow a diet. It was observed that women who had followed a diet in the past were more likely to respond positive to cues regarding food compared to those who were following a diet at that time or those who did not follow a diet at all.
Moreover the researchers also noted that women who had a history of diet had more chances to gain weight. So the findings suggest that their brain part related to rewards was more inclined to seek food unlike women who did not follow a diet.
In this study the researchers discovered that both women who had used diets and those who have not showed a certain activation in the brain when they viewed romantic scenes. Moreover the results were clearer in parts of the brain related to reward after the women had a meal. For the study the scientists used MRI technology (magnetic resonance imaging).
Historical dieters showed an intense response to romantic signals in the middle temporal gyrus of the brain after they had eaten. When they were fasting their superior frontal gyrus was more responsive.
Ely commented on the findings:
This data suggests that eating may prime or sensitize young women to rewards beyond food. It also supports a shared neurocircuitry for food and sex.”
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