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"The other things were movements of the arms and thighs".

The research also found that more asymmetric thigh movements were rated highly.

"It is very likely that the unconscious signals can be altered by better training, focusing attention onto certain movements and gestures, but this can only take you so far".

Report author Dr Nick Neave, associate professor of psychology at the university, said dance moves have two functions for women.

The main difference between what the sexes find hot seems to be that men are more interested in arm movements and women want to see some action in the legs.

If you're wondering why the researchers only analysed women's ability to bust a move, it's because they did so for men back in 2014.

Their movement patterns were then rendered as 39 computer avatars - removing all their physical features - before 200 people watched 15-second clips and rated their dance moves. It's a follow up to the group's earlier study on how male dancers should shake their tail feathers.

But while you may feel like you should rein in those moves, a new study has confirmed that they are in fact the key to sexual conquest and the bigger the better.

Researchers at the University of Washington previously found that dancers with good body symmetry were more attractive to viewers, possibly because symmetry is seen to be linked with healthy genes.

And the researchers have lofty ambitions for the future of movement studies. "Males are probably more showing off their size and strength to potential male rivals than they are [trying] to attract females", he tells Broadly, "but females are showing off their reproductive and health qualities by moving their hips".

'We are trying to develop accurate methods and statistical techniques to discriminate between movements that are perceived to be "good" in dancing and walking. "Can you detect threat in the way someone moves?"

'We can then apply those techniques to other lines of enquiry - i.e. "Can you detect mental illness or neurodegenerative diseases before some shows the symptoms?" etc'.


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