Just what signal a woman gives out remains unclear – but it may involve a wiggle of the hips, say German scientists
01:17 GMT, 10 July 2012
There IS something in the way that women walk that attracts men, new research has found
It seems there really is something in the way she moves.
Research shows that men are able to spot a woman when she is at her most fertile – simply by watching the way she walks.
Her dance moves are also a giveaway, but the way she walks provides the biggest clue.
Just what signal she gives out remains unclear – but it may involve a wiggle of the hips, say the German scientists.
More than 40 years after the George Harrison wrote the Beatles song Something, the University of Gottingen researchers set out to discover if there really is something special in the way a woman moves.
Forty eight young women were filmed as they walked up and down in a straight line and danced for 30 second bursts.
Their movements were then turned into silhouettes, so that their appearance would not detract from their moves.
The process was done twice – once when the women were at their most fertile and again when the odds of them becoming pregnant were very low.
Two hundred men were then asked to watch the videos of the walking or dancing silhouettes and say how attractive the moves were.
The results clearly showed there to be something about the women’s movements when they were at their most fertile, that was more alluring.
Both their dances and walks appealed more, the women’s gait was particularly appealing around the time that her odds of pregnancy were high, the journal Personality and Individual Differences reports.
The survey found women were more alluring to men when they were at their most fertile
The scientists didn’t scrutinise the women’s moves to find out just what was attractive to the male eye.
But researcher Bernhard Fink says it is unlikely to be to do with the speed of their walk. Instead, the answer may lie in a sway, or wiggle, of the hips.
He added: ‘This study suggests that women’s body movements provide subtle clues to female fertility , which men can detect and are attracted to.’
Dr Fink has previously analysed male dance moves. In a 2010 study with Northumbria University researchers he asked women to rate male ability on the dance floor.
Analysis of the men’s steps then revealed which moves were particularly attractive.
The best dancers varied both their moves and the scale of their moves. This, it is thought, shows creativity, and a strong, healthy and flexible body.
However, exaggerated swings and flings of the arms and legs did little to attract women – with the exception of the right knee.
Flicked in and out and twisted from side to side, a nifty knee ticked all the right boxes.