Each one performed a standard memory test where they had to observe a stream of letters and say, as fast as possible, if each one was the same as the one before last.
The research shows men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive The research shows men who spend even a few minutes in the company of an attractive woman perform less well in tests designed to measure brain function than those who chat to someone they do not find attractive.
Researchers who carried out the study, published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, think the reason may be that men use up so much of their brain function or 'cognitive resources' trying to impress beautiful women, they have little left for other tasks.
I arrive at the Chiang Mai Cabaret – also known as ‘the ladyboy cabaret’ (their description not mine) – to be greeted by the manager, who is wearing a striking red dress, complete with ‘Miss Chiang Mai’ sash and tiara.
We’re escorted to our seats at a table near the stage.
Her co-performer, dressed as Britney circa (if you haven’t seen it, don’t bother), in which one of the main characters, Stu, is filled with horror when he realises he hooked up with a transgender woman in Bangkok the night before, to the great amusement of his friends. Trans men – know as ‘tom dee’, or tomboys – are reportedly less common – and definitely less visible (tom dee aren’t necessarily transgender either).
Miss Chiang Mai is clearly marketing-savvy – I have no trouble getting in to speak to the girls the next day.
I’m ushered into the dressing room as they get ready, while she keeps a watchful eye in the corner.
I ask 25-year-old Dreamy how she feels when people call her a ‘ladyboy’.
‘We’re doing parallel programmes with the girls about self perception.
‘Sex education often only deals with how not to get pregnant and violent relationships.
During the opening few minutes of the program, first aired on ITV1 on 21 January, Ross mentioned a recent news story about Thai airline PC Air’s decision to hire transgender flight crew.