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New study may lead to better dating advice

Narrator:       This is Science Today. If you're looking for a potential mate, a University of California, Berkeley, study may prove to be enlightening. Social psychologist Robb Willer found that people who are easily embarrassed are more trustworthy and generous — but their study also indicates that they may also be more prone to monogamy.

Willer:           More embarassable people report being more oriented towards monogamy. So, that might be an interesting thing to do more research on because that seems to suggest that paying close attention to some emotional signals like embarrassment is essentially good dating advice. You know, it helps you find someone that you can rely upon that you'd be well-advised to partner up with.

Narrator:       Willer says a follow-up study could look into how much people operate on those emotional signals in dating environments.

Willer:           I think it's very important that behavioral scientists and social scientists do research of this sort that has an immediate applicability to people's everyday lives, because you can take information like this and go out and immediately deploy it in the course of your personal and professional life.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.