Why People Look More Attractive When You’re Drinking

Anyone who has been in a crowded bar around closing time would agree that the higher your alcohol consumption, the more attractive you seem to find whoever you happen to be flirting with at last call. Their smile is radiant; their eyes are sparkling- everything about them is sexy, alluring and irresistible. However, if you were stone-cold sober, you might not give them a second glance, and if you get carried away and spend the night with your new friend, you may wake up the next morning and wonder just what the hell you were thinking – and seeing.

This is called the Beer Goggles phenomenon, and most of us that partake have fallen into its trap to one degree or another. The first question that comes to mind is whether or not the individuals you’re looking at are really more attractive to you or if your judgment of things is simply being impaired by alcohol.  So perhaps they really look the same to you as later, but when drunk you just don’t care, with alcohol increasing your desire for sex and suppressing your inhibitions.

But it turns out, several studies done in the last few decades are beginning to show that it’s not all just being extra horny and less picky.  For instance, a study done by St. Andrews and Glasgow Universities found that “… men and women who have consumed a moderate amount of alcohol find the faces of members of the opposite sex 25% more attractive than their sober counterparts.”

Other studies have shown similar trends. For instance, another study done at the University of Bristol with 84 college students showed that, on average, they rated people’s attractiveness 10% higher a mere 15 minutes after drinking a moderate amount of alcohol, as little as 24 U.S. ounces of beer. Further, the sex of the individual the students looked at didn’t matter. Yes, guys will rate guys more attractive and women will rate women more attractive after drinking too, regardless of their normal sexual preferences.

Interestingly enough, this boost in attractiveness is not universal. In a study done at the University of Leicester in 2011, it showed that adults actually find the faces of 10 years old, less attractive when drunk, not more as when looking at adult faces.  Further, these individuals were able to accurately judge the ages of the people whose faces they were looking at pictures of.  So while attractiveness varied based on whether one has been drinking or not, the ability to judge age did not.

In any event, so if it’s truly not just us lowering our standards, what’s going on here to make other adult faces look more attractive? While further research still needs done, the leading theory currently is that it has something to do with bilateral symmetry. This simply means that if a human body was split down the vertical center, humans typically find people more attractive the closer each side of the individual is to being a mirror of the other.

A series of studies, such as one done at the London’s Roehampton University, suggest that alcohol impairs our ability to perceive asymmetry, and this could potentially be the reason for people appearing more attractive when one is under the influence.

The researchers described the experiment thusly:

We tested the hypotheses that acute alcohol consumption decreases ability to detect asymmetry in faces and reduces preference for symmetrical faces over asymmetrical faces. Twenty images of a pair of faces and then 20 images of a single face were displayed on a computer, one at a time. Participants were instructed to state which face of each of the face pairs displayed was most attractive and then whether the single face being displayed was symmetrical or not. Data were collected near campus bars at Roehampton University. Sixty-four self-selecting students who undertook the study were classified as either sober (control) or intoxicated with alcohol. For each face pair or single face displayed, participant response was recorded and details of the alcohol consumption of participants that day were also obtained.

What this boiled down to was that the sober test participants were more drawn to people with symmetrical faces, and were better at picking them out, which supported the researchers’ hypothesis. Further, intoxicated individuals were less able to notice asymmetry. An unexpected discovery was that males proved better than females at determining whether faces were asymmetrical or not. It is theorized that this perhaps has something to do with the fact that, in general, men are more sexually stimulated visually than women are, so whether consciously or not, naturally pay more attention to such things.

The researchers concluded: “The reduced ability of inebriated people to perceive asymmetry may be an important mechanism underlying the higher ratings of facial attractiveness they give for members of the opposite sex and hence their increased frequency of mate choice.”

Interestingly enough, it would seem that beer goggles work both ways. Not only will alcohol make those around you become more attractive to you, it can also turn you into a vision of epic awesomeness… at least in your own mind. (Where have you been your whole life?) That said, the alcohol in this case isn’t strictly necessary; you just need to think you drank some.

Apropos, Laurent Begue at the Pierre Mendes-France University conducted an experiment to explore the phenomenon of The Drunker I Am, The Hotter I Get Syndrome. She asked 19 patrons in a French bar to rate their attractiveness on a scale of one to seven. Their alcohol levels were then measured with a breathalyzer test. Not surprisingly, the participants who were more biffed were also more full of themselves.

That was an extremely limited sample-size, though, so as a follow-up, Begue performed a balanced placebo test with 96 male volunteers. They were told they were conducting market research for fruit cocktail, and that half of the group would be given an alcoholic drink while the other would test the non-alcoholic version. After giving the booze enough time to work its magic, all the guys recorded a fake advertising spot for the fake beverage company. Immediately after, they watched a playback and rated their own wonderfulness.

As alluded to, not just those who had alcohol, but those who believed they had alcohol, gave themselves the best reviews. Those who hadn’t had anything to drink – or had but didn’t know that they had – were the humblest among the bunch. So what have we learned? At least according to this study, in part we feel happier and more attractive after a few cocktails seemingly because we assume that we will be in the first place.

There is a definite downside here though. When a panel of impartial, sober judges took a look-see at the advertising spots, the segments done by the guys that gave themselves top marks were voted the least appealing. That, perhaps, explains why it’s so hard to impress that hot number who just showed up at the bar, when you’ve had more beers than you can count. You need to seek out someone who’s been at it as long as you – and has their outward facing beer goggles on.

So in the end, it would seem from the studies to date that, while it’s not yet fully understood, the “beer goggle” effect is probably real beyond being partially influenced by the simple fact that when your standards and inhibitions are lowered while your libido is increased, you’re going to partner up with those you might not otherwise have. But beyond that, attractiveness based on bilateral symmetry may be coming into play as well, literally making certain people seem more attractive than they otherwise would to you.

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Here’s Why Some People Look Like Their Names

If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking, “She looks like a Sue,” or “He doesn’t look like a Bob,” a new study may back up your instincts about whether people’s names suit them. In fact, people often do “look like their names,” perhaps especially those named Tom or Veronique, the research suggests.

In the study, researchers found that people could correctly match an unfamiliar face to that person’s name at a rate higher than expected due to chance, according to a new study. In two experiments involving 185 participants in Israel and France, people were shown only color headshot photographs of 25 total strangers, and the researchers asked them to guess the stranger’s name from a list of four or five name possibilities.

For example, a participant who is shown a face and given four names to choose from has a 25 percent chance of guessing the right name. But in the study, the 70 participants in Israel matched the correct name to the face about 30 percent of the time.

And when a similar experiment was repeated with the 115 participants in France, these men and women matched the correct name and face 40 percent of the time.

Which names were some of the easiest to connect to a face? The study found that French participants could accurately identify a Veronique nearly 80 percent of the time, while Israeli participants could accurately recognize a Tom more than 52 percent of the time.

The ability to match a name with a face requires the reliance on existing name stereotypes, said study author Yonat Zwebner, who conducted the research as a doctoral candidate at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

When people attempt to match a name to a facial image, they may use personal, social and historical information to get some clues, Zwebner and her colleagues wrote in their findings, published today (Feb. 27) in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Names and faces

The findings also suggested that people’s hairstyles play an important role in how easy it is for their names to be guessed correctly. In one experiment, the researchers Photoshopped some of the images so that a few of them clearly showed the hairstyle, ears and neck while the facial features were blurred. In a second scenario, only the facial features — such as the eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks — were clear, and the hairstyle and neck were digitally removed. And a third set of images showed the full facial image, including hair and facial features.

The results showed that the participants matched the correct name and face 36 percent of the time, on average, in the full-facial photos; about 33 percent of the time when the hairstyle was visible; and 30 percent of the time in the photos with only the facial features visible.

It’s possible that people tend to choose hairstyles that fit the stereotype of their name, Zwebner told Live Science.

However, the overall findings also revealed that the participants were able to best match the faces to the names when the faces they looked at came from within their own culture. In one of the study’s eight experiments, French study participants were unable to match Israeli names and faces at a level above random chance, and this same effect was observed when Israeli participants were asked to match French names and faces.

A familiarity with local names and faces through repeated exposure to them may help people develop the ability to know the “right” facial appearance linked with a name, the researchers said.

But it was not just people who could put names and faces together; a computer could do it, too, according to the study.

The researchers developed a learning algorithm that taught a computer how to match 94,000 faces with their names. Then, the computer was presented with a new facial image and two possible names for each. Random guessing would have given the computer a 50 percent chance of being accurate, but the trained computer was shown to be 54 to 64 percent accurate when predicting a name.

The results are extremely strong support for the idea that there are indeed facial features associated with certain names, Zwebner said.

The findings also may demonstrate that names, which were chosen for us by others, can influence the way people look based on interactions with society, Zwebner said.

Zwebner suspects that a self-fulfilling prophecy — or the idea that if other people expect certain things from a person, that individual may eventually fulfill these expectations — may be one possible explanation for the face-name-matching effect.

If, for example, society assumes that people with the name Katherine share a similar stereotype, including those based on her appearance, then people will interact with a woman named Katherine in a way that matches this shared stereotype, Zwebner explained.

As a result, over time, Katherines become more and more like a Katherine is expected to be, resulting in a specific matching look, she said.

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"Streetlights" by Ryanito and Ocean Symphony aka Michael Mendez from #TheCosmicGuideLP released 4/22/2017.Produced and Recorded by Ryan "Ryanito" Larranaga and Moses Martinez of Loud and Strong Music.Mastered by 13 Grammy Award Winning Engineer Micheal Makowski "When they asked me if I was serious about my music, I told them I'm licensed in all inhabitable continents, if penguins would buy music I would be licensed in Antarctica too."Ryan Ryanito LarrañagaA Special Thank You to The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Studio KRP Little Skull Photography Elusive View / Hyline Embroidery. Most of all the fans who continue to support the movement. We will be heard!The Cosmic Guide LP is #Worldwide. Click the link below to listen on your choice of platforms available today:iTunes: hyperurl.co/TCGCdbaby: http://smarturl.it/TCGcdbabyAmazon: http://smarturl.it/TCGamazonTidal: http://smarturl.it/TCGtidalGooglePlay: http://smarturl.it/TCGGooglePlayMicrosoft Groove: http://smarturl.it/TCGMicrosoftGrooveiHeart Radio: http://smarturl.it/TCGiheartradioSlacker Radio: http://smarturl.it/TCGslackerSpotify: http://smarturl.it/TCGspotifyYouTube: http://smarturl.it/TCGyoutubeSaavn: http://smarturl.it/TCGsaavnHearnow: http://smarturl.it/TCGhearnowBandcamp: http://smarturl.it//TCGbandcampSoundCloud: http://smarturl.it//TCGsoundcloudBandcamp: http://smarturl.it//TCGbandcampSoundCloud: http://smarturl.it//TCGsoundcloud

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Manatees, Florida’s Gentle Giants, Deserve Your Protection

“Manateed off,” screamed the front page headline of the Tampa Bay Times.

“Feds kicking gentle giants off the endangered species list, angering fans and environmentalists.”

This is a town that’s passionate about these lovable, slow-moving “sea cows” with blunt whiskered snouts and paddle-shaped tails, and irate that their status may drop from endangered to merely threatened.

Here’s a sobering fact: You can tell Florida manatees apart by their boat propeller scars. Speed zones and no-entry zones have been set up to protect them. Cold water and “red tide intoxication” also hurt them.

Here’s a happier fact: Manatees are the state marine mammal and tourists adore them. Yes, you can swim or snorkel among them in Crystal River two hours north of Tampa, but you should always look, not touch.

You can’t see manatees in Toronto — our zoo doesn’t have a big enough aquarium — but here you can see them in the wild and in a rehab hospital at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

The zoo’s Manatee and Aquatic Center, home to the non-profit David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital, provides critical care for injured, sick and orphaned wild manatees. It has treated more than 380 manatees since 1991 and reintroduced more than 210 to Florida waters.

We watch manatees frolic through underwater viewing windows in two exhibit pools. From a boardwalk viewing platform, we see centre staff work with manatees in three treatment pools. The zoo offers manatee sleepovers and talks in the amphitheatre.

All this love doesn’t come cheap — about $1 million (U.S.) a year. It costs $300 a day to treat a manatee patient and $30,000 a year to feed an adult manatee.

The herbivores, you see, usually dine on aquatic plants, eating 10 to 15 per cent of their body weight each day. Here that translates to romaine, endive and escarole.

I go behind-the-scenes, meet animal keeper Molly Lippincott and the manatees, and feed them some fancy romaine.

She’s tending to 15 manatees in different stages of rehabilitation.

They’re treated in three medical pools with remote-controlled floors. When they first arrive, blood is drawn and they’re observed and isolated until they’re well enough to join the others.

Today, even though the manatees can swim among three pools, they stick together.

“They love to be in the smallest place possible, and they love to sit on top of each other,” says Lippincott. “They love comfort.”

“People always say ‘What’s their purpose?’ and I always say ‘I think their purpose is just to be a beautiful animal.’”

Some manatee patients stay just two months, others up to 2 1/2 years before being reintroduced to warm Florida waters. The goal is to get them in and out as quickly as possible so they don’t develop “a captive mind.”

These oddly gorgeous creatures with mermaid tails have no natural predators. People and Mother Nature harm them with boat strikes, cold stress and red tide.

I get close enough to marvel at their thick, leathery skin, forelimb flippers and wisps of stiff, short hair.

Each manatee gets a name, like Little Red Tiding Hood, Cayo, Camless and Risotta. My favourite is Marmalade, an orphan from the Crystal River.

“When Marmalade’s ready to go, at 600 pounds, in about two years,” says Lippincott, “she will go out in the winter to a warm-water site like TECO.”

Drive about half an hour south of Tampa to Apollo Beach and you’ll find Tampa Electric’s (TECO) Manatee Viewing Center. It doesn’t advertise. People hear about it through word-of-mouth.

Hundreds of manatees swim in the clean, warm-water reservoir of the Big Bend Power Station, usually when the Tampa Bay water temperature drops below 20 C (68 F) and they risk cold stress.

“A winter spa for them is what we are,” says Jamie Woodlee, a senior environmental technician with the centre. “They’re pretty docile and will get giddy and roll around.”

Alas, the water temperature is a tad warm today so there’s only a handful of manatees. They’re on the power plant side of the canal, not our side.

“I wish I could call them over for you,” says Woodlee. “We do have a webcam and the spinner sharks are showing off today.”

The power plant has built observation platforms, boardwalks and a self-guided nature trail on the tidal walkway through the mangroves. There’s a small education building, picnic shelter, snack bar and gift shop.

Come between November and mid-April. It’s free to marvel at the manatees.

“Manatees have no natural enemy, they’re not aggressive, they sleep and eat and hang out — and yet they’ve survived all these years,” Woodlee marvels.

“I think it’s really cool that an animal this docile has survived.”


We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically to visit the beach regularly, have just been revealed.

That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.

When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.

Overall, this blue space effects you in four different ways.

1. Going to the beach reduces stress

Water is nature’s cure to life’s stressors. It’s full of naturally occurring positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So whether you jump in for a swim or simply dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. That’s one instant mood booster we could all use from time to time!

2. The beach boosts your creativity

Feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Well, scientists now believe that the solution to this is the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects in a more creative way. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what it is you’ve been needing to focus on.

3. Going to the beach can help reduce feelings of depression

Much like the effects that the beach has on feelings of stress and creative ruts, the beach also provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can put you into a meditative space. In turn, you can clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe space away from the chaos of your daily life.

4. Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life

And that perspective is going to change for the better! Nature in general has always been a factor in healthy happy lives, but the beach in particular is so good for the soul.

So grab the SPF and pack a picnic, because it’s time to head to the beach!


Anu Tali Announces She Will Step Down as Music Director in 2019

Anu Tali Announces She Will Step Down as Music Director in 2019
October 25, 2017 – Anu Tali today announced that at the end of the 2018 / 2019 season,
following the completion of her current contract, she will step down as music director of the
Sarasota Orchestra to focus on her international career and guest conducting. She will have
served as Music Director for six seasons.
Tali’s accomplishments with the Sarasota Orchestra are noteworthy. Since joining the
organization in 2013, she has raised the artistic quality of the orchestra and conducted thrilling
performances that have earned rave reviews. She has attracted an extraordinary group of guest
artists from around the world, including the multi-Grammy Award-winning Estonian
Philharmonic Chamber Choir. She conducted the American premiere of Erkki-Sven
Tüür’s Strata and performed the debut performances in Florida of Heiner Goebbels’ Songs of
Wars I Have Seen.
“I am very grateful to have been provided the privilege and opportunity to work with my
incredible colleagues in the Sarasota Orchestra and to perform for the passionate audiences of
this very special community,” said Tali. “What an exceptional experience this has been. To see
full houses and the orchestra and community embracing a new artistic vision has been
gratifying. Our accomplishments have led me to think that 2019 is the right time for me to
begin the next chapter in my musical journey.”
“I look forward to sharing the magical moments on stage with everyone in the Sarasota and
Manatee community for two more seasons, and I remain an advocate of the Sarasota Orchestra
building a new concert hall,” said Tali.
Board Chair David Steves said, “Anu’s contributions to our orchestra and region have been
impressive. She energized audiences, advanced our orchestra artistically and provided the
foundation for the artistic case for a new concert hall. We respect her decision and are
appreciative for all she has done for the Sarasota Orchestra. We will cherish every moment of
the upcoming two seasons with Anu.”

Sarasota Orchestra Presents DVOŘÁK & MAHLER

November 10, 2017

Friday | 8:00 pm | Van Wezel

November 11, 2017

Saturday | 8:00 pm | Van Wezel

November 12, 2017

Sunday | 2:30 pm | Van Wezel

Tickets from $33

The first concert of the season launches with two works by the great masters: Dvořák and Mahler. Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is the pinnacle of expression for the instrument most like the human voice. Exploring some of the cello’s most expressive and beautiful qualities, Dvořák shows his compositional prowess in this piece performed by Spanish cellist Adolfo Gutierrez Arenas. On hearing Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, prepare to forget that time has passed. The symphony begins with a rhythmic motive reminiscent of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. It progresses from tragedy to triumph in the stirring fifth movement.


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The German-born of Spanish parents cellist, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas, started his piano studies in Munich, and at the age of 14 he started playing the cello. He also studied in Spain. He graduated from the Reina Sofia School of Music under Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson. He continued violoncello studies with Lluis Claret and participated in master courses with such eminent musicians as Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, David Geringas, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Among his teachers are also Elías Arizcuren, Gary Hoffman, who said “Adolfo is an outstanding young cellist” and Bernard Greenhouse (cellist of the famed Beaux Art Trio for over three decades), who said “Adolfo is a cellist of exceptional ability, both as an instrumentalist and as a superbly gifted musician. I expect that these qualities will bring him a career of great importance.” Adolfo was among selected soloists for the 1999 International Laureates Music Festival and performed solo with I PALPITI Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. In 2002 he was awarded with the Ravel prize as soloist and chamber musician.

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas has performed at major venues such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Ford Theater in Los Angeles, l’Auditorio and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, etc. He has collaborated with conductors such as Eduard Schmieder, José Ramón Encinar, Friedrich Haider, Enrique Batiz, Antoni Ros Marbà, Anu Tali, Pablo González, Michael Tilson Thomas, Roberto Minczuk and many others.

As a member of the Beethoven String Quartet and the Scarlatti Piano Quartet, sponsored by the Carlos de Amberes Foundation, Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas performed throughout Spain. In chamber music, he performed in festivals in Germany, France, and Holland. He was also a member of the Arizcuren String Trio. He has been invited to perform at the most prestigious festivals and halls such as the Schleswig Holstein Festival in Germany, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Thy Music Festival in Demark, Palos Verdes Festival in California, Holland Music Sessions, Taos Music Festival in New Mexico, etc. For five years the Young Artist International Organization has been inviting him to participate at the International Laureates Festival in Los Angeles, California. His recital tours in USA have led him to play in New York, Boston, Dallas, San Diego, Los Angeles, etc. He has appeared in numerous performances of L.v. Beethoven’s entire works for cello and piano and J.S. Bach’s Six Cello Suites (BWV 1007-1012).

Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas is without doubt the most international Spanish cellist right now. In Spain he has recently performed with orchestras such as the Sinfónica de Galicia, Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, Oviedo Filarmonía, Orquesta Simfònica de Barcelona y Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta de Extremadura, Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE, etc. His future engagements include: Orquesta Filarmónica de Málaga, Orquesta Nacional de España or the Orquesta de Castilla y León, among others.

In 2010 Adolfo Gutiérrez Arenas made his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious concert series of Ibermusica playing the Concerto for violoncello and orchestra by Edward Elgar concerto, being reinvited to the cycle, where he performed a recital in 2012 with great success of audience and critics. His future engagements include, among others, his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and his Chief Conductor, Charles Dutoit, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig with Riccardo Chailly and Orquesta Nacional de España with Ton Koopman.

Among his recordings we can highlight a recital program with pieces by Samuel Barber, Sergei Rachmaninov and Piazzolla and the complete cycle of the Cello Suites (BWV 1007-1012) by J.S. Bach, both of them recorded for Verso label.