The Dating Games: Unlocking the Secrets of Body Language

We’re back again with a new experiment and a Christmas party!

Since July nearly 100 single Londoners have taken part in the Science London Dating Games. We have had a lot of fun, collected some good data, found two scientifically matched pairs and encouraged many more phone numbers to be swapped at the bar afterwards! Now, for Christmas we have decided to mix it up a bit, change the rules, put up some mistletoe and look at another aspect of dating… body language!

We are seeking 15 guys and 15 girls who are straight and single to come and participate in this new speed dating experiment. So if you are open-minded, up for a laugh, looking for someone special and curious to learn about the science behind the dating game then what are you waiting for? This is the night for you!

When you arrive you’ll be greeted by one of the cheerful Science London crew and handed a drink to help calm any nerves (we’re so good to you). Once everyone has arrived we’ll be breaking the ice with a short burst of humour from the love guru that is Dr Steve Cross (co-creator of Science Showoff and Bright Club). Ask anyone who is anyone and they’ll tell you he was FANTASTIC at the games in October so we are lucky to have him back!

You’ll now find yourself in a room full of potential romance… and cameras. For this game we are going to be looking at how body language is used to flirt and whether the level of flirting results in higher scores given between dating pairs. Don’t worry none of the film will ever see the light of day, only scientists and computers will get to analyse the footage in windowless laboratories.

There’ll be no blindfolds this time!

You will be asked to take a seat opposite your first potential love match and then we’ll begin. After 3 minutes of chatter you’ll then have sixty seconds to rate them before we ask you to say your goodbyes and move on. After you have ogled and chatted to everyone you’ll hand in your scorecards to our behind-the-scene experts who will examine the data.

Whilst we are crunching the numbers you’ll hear about the best types of flirting from Dr. Harry Witchel, a psychobiologist who knows all the moves that makes men and women attract one another. He knows how to make your body language speak like a native.

The Science London data team will then report back to announce any successful matches. Should we find a couple (or couples) who have flirted their way to high scores we will foot the bill for their first date.

Will this novel dating approach help us to find true love? Honestly, we do not know. We had a LOVELY matched couple in October! We have high hopes for them…

We think it is a shame that we can only invite 30 singletons to come and play in this game. The last two Dating Games have sold out within weeks and we hate turning people away so why not come and join us for a frolicking festive after party? We will be cranking up the music, propping up the bar and could be playing some scientifically themed games… At only a fiver you can’t go wrong surely? Entry to the after party is included in the full Dating Games entry so if you’re dating no need to buy an after party ticket.

Note: An after party ticket only allows you to entry after 9pm, once the dating portion has ended.

When you purchase a ticket to the dtaing portion of this event you will be asked to complete a short personality profile and submit a headshot of yourself. This information is needed before the date night so please be sure to send it to us by 1 December

Also please note that when you sign up to this event you will also be participating in a real experiment into the science of dating. There will 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.

Date: Wednesday 5th of December 2012
Time: Doors open at 7pm (dates starting promptly at 7:30pm)
Place: Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-46 Pollard Row, London, E2 6NB [gmap]
Dating Games – £8 (including a drink on arrival and entry to the after party)
After Party – £5 (doors from 9pm)
Both tickets can be bought from Event Brite or using the form below.

Please note when buying your ticket we have had to separate 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.


4 Responses to “The Dating Games: Unlocking the Secrets of Body Language”

  1. Amy Lothian Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 5:55 pm


    Please can I have an £8 ticket to the dating games? It says the sale hasn’t started yet on Eventbrite.

    Best wishes
    Amy x

  2. Science London Says:
    November 1st, 2012 at 6:01 pm


    The tickets are on presale for mailing list members only at the moment. If you are on the mailing list there is a access code there for you to use, if not the general sale starts on Monday at 12:00.


  3. Matt Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 1:30 pm


    I cannot see the form I need to complete.. please could you email a copy/link to me?

    Many thanks,


  4. Science London Says:
    November 5th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Matt,

    Sorry gremlins in the system ate the order form.

    It should be visible above now or visit


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