Science Shows 'Beer Goggles' Work in Reverse, Too | KCET
Science Shows 'Beer Goggles' Work in Reverse, Too
We all know about beer goggles: after a few drinks and perhaps some moody bar lighting, other people start to look more attractive to the drinker. But what about the drinker looking more attractive to other people?
A new study from the University of Bristol in the UK and Macquarie University in Australia found that social drinkers actually do look more sultry after a couple glasses of alcohol (but no more than that).
The researchers asked pre-screened participants to have their pictures taken at three different points: once when they were sober, another after two glasses of wine, and finally after four glasses of wine (about 2/3 of a bottle).
A separate group of participants were then shown all these different pictures and asked to identify the most attractive shots of the first group. Overall, people thought the participants looked best after two glasses of wine.
Lead researcher Jana Van Den Abbeele believed the results came down to two things: mild flushing of the face (due to alcohol's vasodilatory effect) and more relaxed smiles and facial muscles (due to lighter, happier moods). Both effects made the participants look healthier and appear more confident, especially in women.
But before you make a beeline for the bar, keep in mind that the participants who drank four glasses of alcohol rated lowest in terms of attractiveness, even when compared to their sober pictures. So have a drink or two and have fun, but don't go overboard on the booze.
The Public Media Group of Southern California honored with a total of nine Golden Mike awards, the most of any station in the region.
Troubling History Repeating? Art Examines Parallels Between Japanese American Internment and Today’s Migrants
Two new exhibitions explore the connection between World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and the United States government’s more recent immigration and travel policies.
A Story of Friendship and Second Chances in 'Standing Up, Falling Down,' Starring Ben Schwartz and Billy Crystal at the KCET Cinema Series
KCET Cinema Series host Pete Hammond moderated a Q&A session with director Matt Ratner, and producers Chris Mangano and John Hermann.
A Q&A will immediately follow with star Annette Bening.
- 1 of 237
- next ›