We understand your incredulity at the headline – we ourselves find the results highly debatable. But a Japanese research group consisting of professors from the Waseda and Kyushu Universities has tested the mind-altering effects of an antibiotic called minocycline on men and how they react to physically attractive women. The results of the test they did moves towards the conclusion that the antibiotic might lessen the probability of a man being seduced by an attractive woman.
The test process is what is commonly called a “honey trap”, where someone – typically, a woman – pays an attractive woman to make sexual advances to a man to see if he reacts faithfully or not. In this case, two groups of men were tested, where one group was on a four-day dosage of minocycline. The men were asked to rate women’s pictures in terms of how attractive they thought the woman in the picture was, and how “trustworthy” they thought the woman was. The “trustworthiness” part of the test was pretty convoluted in itself – but the goal was to see if a man on minocycline treatment would have a lesser chance of giving in to an attractive woman or not. A man was given an amount of money, and then after looking at a woman’s picture, decides if he wants to give all of the money to the girl, in which case the money would be tripled in amount. The men are told that the woman would be given a choice to share the money with them or take all of the money. The process is rigged in that all of the women were told to take all of the money, making every “attractive” woman in the test untrustworthy – this without the men knowing of the deception, of course. Please allow the image below to explain the “honey trap” better.
The results showed that trustworthiness in the mind of the man always increased with the perception of attractiveness, meaning, the more a woman is attractive in a man’s eyes, the more likely he would choose to trust her even without evidence of trustworthiness. The all-important piece of data was this –that “perceived attractiveness” did not seem to affect the men who took minocycline. 98 percent of the men offered 50 percent of the money or less to all of the women regardless of how attractive they thought the women were.
Breakthrough innovation? With due respect to the scientists involved in the study, we would politely say no at this moment. The test itself is pretty specific, and does not say if they tested men in actual physical contact with the women. Physical contact, being the foundation of attraction, plays a big part in this study, we think (we might be wrong, of course). Unless a study can prove that any medicine can force a man to say “no” to the physical advances of a woman 100% of the time, then sadly, we think that men who cheat – and women, too, for that matter – will still exist in this world.
[via The Daily Mail]