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Date:11/12/2012

hat in addition to physical attractiveness, the researchers say, people consider individual compatibility.

While good looks remains the most important factor in determining whether a person gets a date request, a person's likeabilityas perceived by other individualsis also important. For example, likeability serves as a tiebreaker if two people have equal attractiveness ratings. If someone thought a potential date was more likeable than other people did, then that someone was more likely to ask for a date.

"Our work shows for the first time that activity in two parts of the DMPFC may be very important for driving the snapshot judgments that we make all the time about other people," O'Doherty says.

As for the results of the speed-dating event? A few couples were still together six weeks afterward, Cooper says, but the researchers have not followed up. The study was focused on the neural mechanisms behind snap judgmentshow those judgments relate to long-term romantic success, he says, is another question.


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