Wouldn’t life be much better if there weren’t so many ugly people?
I don’t know about you but whenever I go anywhere, for every attractive person I see there’s always at least one ugly person nearby to spoil the fun.
With all the technology that exists today, you’d think that finding a non-invasive way to make all the ugly people in the world to look like Nicole Neal (my choice for babe of the year 2013) would be a top priority.
Well, it seems like science may have figured out a way to make everyone more attractive. All it takes to live in a world surrounded by Nicole Neal‘s is a mild shock of electricity to the brain.
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology asked their participants to rank the attractiveness of faces. They would then receive a mild shock to the “midbrain” (believed to be the mood and behavior part of the brain and also where are all that sweet, sweet dopamine is hidden). After receiving the shock, the participants were asked to rank the attractiveness of faces again. After receiving the shock to the midbrain, the participants ranked the attractiveness of faces higher than before.
MRI scans of the participants’ brains showed a dopamine boost after the electric shock, which explains why they would rate the attractiveness of faces higher.
Unfortunately, this is not some cool party trick where everyone becomes more attractive and some regretful hook-ups ensue. Vikram Chib, lead author of the paper, and his colleague Shinsuke Shimojo wanted to see if the midbrain could be influenced without influencing the rest of body like with prescription drugs. What exactly does this mean? It could mean schizophrenia, depression, and even Parkinson’s could all become much easier to treat as facial attractiveness is a key diagnostic tool for these ailments.
For now, the team is going to focus on how they can use this new discovery to treat those ailments, but it’s nice to know that when the ugly people of the world start to get you down all you have to do is hook up a 9 volt battery to your skull and they’ll all suddenly become sexy.
*Please don’t actually hook up a 9 volt battery to your skull
Read the full study on Translational Psychiatry.