Scientists Have Discovered The Exact Dance Moves That Make Women Irresistible

Researchers used motion-capture technology to record the moves of women dancing to a drum beat, before turning them into digital avatars.

According to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports, there are specific dance moves that make a woman more attractive to the opposite sex.

The study, conducted by researchers at Northumbria University, found there are three types of movements that contribute to a 'high-quality' female dance.

The moves included a 'greater hip swing, more asymmetric movements of the thighs, and intermediate levels of asymmetric movements of the arms'.

According to the Guardian, the study involved researchers using motion-capture technology to record the moves of women dancing to a drum beat, before turning them into digital avatars and showing them to men and women to rate on attractiveness.

In total, 39 women aged between 18 and 30 were recorded dancing to a 125-beat-per-minute drum-based rhythm before they were turned into featureless avatars so that when it came to judging how attractive they were, the participants could assess it on dance moves along, and not their clothing, height or facial features.

The 15 second-clips were then shown to 57 men and 143 heterosexual women, over the age of 18, in an online study before they were asked to rate the dancing on a scale of 1-7.

Nick Neave, a psychologist from the University of Northumbria who led the research, reveals that while arms and thigh movements of the study's participants were attractive, it was their 'asymmetric movements' – as in synchronised – that deemed them better dancers. So now you know.

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