In a different study, the researchers put male college students in a room to take a test with a college-aged woman who was, in fact, a “confederate” or “plant” of the team.
This young woman was supposedly taking the test with the students, and made limited small talk before the test began.
Fortunately, of course, there are also men and women who do fit the pattern discovered in the research.
I have seen and known many men who are close to, romantically attracted to, and in long-term, successful marriages with women who outperform them—and whom they also consider smarter than themselves. After a lot of dates, a few duds, and a period of unsuccessful meet-ups, she met and fell in love with a man who admires and is attracted to her as a whole package—intelligence and all.
As she went over their conversation in her mind, she realized there was one thing that stood out—though she did not want to believe it.
They’ve been living together for a couple of years and are making plans for a wedding.
A man's level of confidence governs his life and actions.
They were then asked to rate the woman both in terms of warmth and friendliness, and in terms of how desirable they would find her as a long-term romantic partner.
Whether the subject was math or English, the men rated the woman who outperformed them as a long-term romantic partner.