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12/20/2011 04:57 pm ET Updated Feb 19, 2012

Sexual Cues: All It Takes Is A Smile?

This just in: According to a study by WIlliams College psychologist Carin Perrilloux -- the results of which will be published in a forthcoming issue ofPsychological Science -- men really aren't on to how the other sex thinks. Perilloux and her co-authors studied 200 heterosexual college students who were evenly split between the sexes and with an average age of 19 to gauge how each gender read the other's sexual cues.

Here are their surprising findings:

1. The more attractive the woman was to the guy the more likely he was to rate her as interested in him!

2. The less attractive men (as rated by their female peers) were more likely to think that the gorgeous female undergrads were hot for them.

3. The more attractive guys had a more realistic assessment than
their less attractive peers of which coeds were interested in them.

4. Regarding the college women:
Basically they underestimated their male peer's sexual interest in them.

The lead researcher of this study offers some invaluable tips:

Males should be careful if you are interested in a woman. She may not reciprocate.

Women should be careful with who they flirt with. Men may see their smile and interpret it as a signal that you are interested. YIKES!