Women And Funny Guys: Are Females Genetically Hardwired To Find Sense Of Humor In Men Sexy? [STUDY]

By Philip Ross on July 26, 2013 5:15 PM EDT

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Women and funny guys really are made for each other. It’s in the genetics. (Photo: Reuters)

Women and funny guys really do mix, as previous studies have shown women are attracted to a man's sense of humor. Also, females are turned on by a guy's sense of humor more so than men are by theirs. But can genetics explain why?

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that women are genetically programmed to find funny guys sexy. The study showed that women use a man's humor as an indication of his fitness as a partner and father, and that women show more activity in the area of the brain where rewards are registered in response to wit.

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According to The Daily Mail, Stanford researchers scanned the brains of 22 boys and girls ranging from six to 13 years of age while the kids watched funny videos. While they viewed clips of people falling over and animals doing tricks, researchers took MRI scans of their brains. They also asked the kids how much they enjoyed the clips and which ones they enjoyed the most.

"During funny clips, girls brains showed more heightened activity than the boys' in a range of areas including the midbrain and amygdala," Daily Mail reports.

"Our data for the first time disclose that sex differences in humor appreciation already exist in young children," the Stanford researchers noted in their study, published in the journal Social Neuroscience.

They added that women use humor to find a suitable mate more so than men "because the female brain, and particularly the reward circuit, is biologically better prepared to respond accordingly."

Gentlemen, looks like all that clowning around really does pay off. Have fun, guys.   

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