August 12, 2004 @ 12:00 am by sean
“Linguist Amy Perfors of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology posted photos of men and women on the U.S. Web site “Hot or Not,” which lets viewers rate pictures according to how attractive they find them.
When she posted the same pictures with different names, she found that the attractiveness scores went up and down depending on the vowels, the London-based magazine New Scientist reported.
Men with “front vowels” in their names — sounds formed at the front of the mouth like the “a” in Matt — were considered sexier than men with “back vowel” sounds like the “au” in Paul, she concluded.”
The ‘ea’ in Sean is quite similar to the ‘au’ in Paul. Perhaps that explains it.