The Dating Games: Rules of Attraction
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 from 19:00 to 23:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom
After a summer break, The Science London Dating Games is back!
We've got a new game and a new venue but we're asking the same question; can science help us to find love? This time we are investigating the idea of symbiotic similarities and we are looking to recruit 20 girls and 20 guys looking for a shot at love.
In this edition of The Dating Games, we will be using facial recognition technology to explore previous findings that we are more likely to be physically attracted to people with similar features to our own. Fancy testing this idea? Then come and join the Science London team and research scientists from Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) for the latest installment of The Dating Games: Rules of Attraction!
Ongoing research at QMUL is looking at how we percieve and recognise facial features in potential partners. The research utilises newly developed facial recognition software to describe faces quantifiably. The software assesses how similar two people look.
How it works
We will be running two speed dating rounds:
1) Virtual Dating, which will record the app scores of facial similarity between pairs of participants;
2) Traditional Dating, where daters will rate each partner to record heart flutter scores.
Will the app scores sync with the racing hearts? Will we find evidence for the 'similarities attract' claim, or will dazzling conversational wil supersede appeal? Come along and find out!
Before the event you will be asked to submit a headshot, you may do this in advance by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be journalists at this event who may wish to talk to you about your experience; you will have the option to share your information or decline.
Please note when buying your ticket we have had to seperate sales by gender to ensure a 50/50 split so make sure you pick the right ticket. We will not issue refunds for buying the wrong type of ticket.
When & Where
Science London is the central London branch of the British Science Association (charity number 212479).