The Dating Games: Rules of Attraction

September 17, 2013 Science London No comments exist

After a summer break, The Science London Dating Games is back!

We’ve got a new game and a new venue but we’re asking the same question; can science help us to find love? This time we are investigating the idea of symbiotic similarities and we are looking to recruit 15 girls and 15 guys looking for a shot at love.

In this edition of The Dating Games, we will be using facial recognition technology to explore previous findings that we are more likely to be physically attracted to people with similar features to our own. Fancy testing this idea? Then come and join the Science London team and research scientists from Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) for the latest instalment of The Dating Games: Rules of Attraction.Ongoing research at QMUL is looking at how we perceive and recognise facial features in potential partners. The research utilises newly developed facial recognition software to describe faces quantifiably. The software assesses how similar two people look.How it works
We will be running two speed dating rounds:
1) Virtual dating, which will record the app scores of facial similarity between pairs of participants;
2) Traditional dating, where daters will rate each partner to record heart flutter scores.
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Will the app scores sync with the racing hearts? Will we find evidence for the ‘similarities attract’ claim, or will dazzling conversational wit supersede aesthetic appeal? Come along and find out!

Before the event you will be asked to submit a headshot, you may do this in advance by emailing it to There also may 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: Tuesday 17th September 2013
Time: Doors open at 7pm (dates starting promptly at 7:30pm)
Place: The Basement Bar of The Albany, 240 Gt Portland Street, London, W1W 5QU [gmap]
Dating Games – £10 (including a drink on arrival)

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.

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