What’s in a name? Quite a lot, actually. Sex appeal begins when you introduce yourself, according to Amy Perfors, a linguist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Her research found women prefer men’s names pronounced with a “front vowel” – a linguistic term meaning the way “a” is pronounced in Matt. “Back vowel” sounds, such as the “aw” in Paul, are considered less sexy. Use this to your advantage, without any awkward post-coital confession, by acquiring yourself a “front vowel” nickname.
Then think about the pitch of your voice. Nottingham University’s behavioural ecology research group in the UK discovered that women tend to perceive men with deeper voices as more attractive, with the Russell Crowe timbre triggering optimum appeal.
Now that you’re rumbling, start taking the mickey. “Self-deprecating humour is a very reliable indicator to her of general intelligence, verbal creativity and moral virtues such as humility,” says University of New Mexico anthropologist Gil Greengross in the US, who conducted a two-year study into the role of humour in seduction.
So, sound like Crowe but talk like Russell Brand.