Women's Taste In Music Changes With Their Fertility According To This Study

14/08/2014 16:42 | Updated 20 May 2015

Ever found you're obsessed with listening to Kylie Minogue one week, then Jay Z the next? There's a good reason behind it.

A new study by the University of Sussex suggests the changes in a woman's music tastes are actually down to fertility and when a woman is at her most fertile, she's likely to be drawn to men who make more complex music.

A woman dancing to her iPod.

And when it comes to dating musicians? Girls don't want anything too serious. The paper, published by the Royal Society, states women are only interested in going out with them on a short-term basis.

How did the researchers come to these conclusions? The New York Times reports the study was carried out on 1,500 females with an average age of 28. They were asked to listen to clips of different music before discussing the all-important issue - what kind of relationship would they like to have with the composer or artist behind the song?

The paper's author, Benjamin Charlton, explained the results of this test.

"The findings of this study provide the first support for Darwin's original contention that music evolved via sexual selection," he said.

"These results suggest that women may acquire genetic benefits for offspring by selecting musicians able to create more complex music as sexual partners."

What's the biggest draw? "The ability to play an instrument could reflect excellent physical condition and learning capacity," Charlton said.

So, next time you're listening to music and dreaming of whether you'd date the singer, remember - it's all down to science.



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