Women Motivated To Reproduce When Exposed To Sounds Of Ticking Clock

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A new study recently published by the journal Human Nature and conducted by Florida State University revealed that the sounds of a ticking clock actually speeds up a woman’s desire to reproduce, or her biological clock.

The first test during the study was conducted with 59 men and women who were asked questions about marriage and family. In the second test, each person was tested on the qualities they desired in a husband or wife. Additionally, each candidate was asked how financially secure their childhood was.

The study suggested that the subtle sound of a ticking clock could lead women to start a family earlier in life, especially if she was raised in a lower socio-economic community.

Some researchers have suggested that a person’s childhood years, socio-economic background and other environmental factors have an influence on reproductive timing. In the study, researchers primed the idea, or triggered a preexisting notion simply with the sound of an actual ticking clock.

Women who were primed with the ticking clock who were from lower socio-economic backgrounds were more eager to get married and have a child at a younger age than women from more privileged backgrounds. These same women also lowered the priority they placed on men’s social status and long-term earning potential.

The study found that men did not respond the same way to the ticking clock, which researchers assumed correlated with the male ability to procreate later in life than women.

“Unlike men, who can produce offspring until a very old age, women lose their ability to conceive children at menopause,” one FSU researcher said. “Subtle clues that signal the passage of time – such as the perception of a ticking clock – may signal threats to a woman’s reproductive potential.”

The FSU researcher added that women’s reproductive capacity is strongly constrained by age.

Source: DailyMail


 
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