Does the spectacle of men enjoying crazy-hot peppers or million-Scoville hot sauces ever strike you as a bit disingenuous? Like there’s really another motive unrelated to making chicken wings tasty? You may be on to something.
A new study titled, Gender differences in the influence of personality traits on spicy food liking and intake (paywalled, and I admit to not having paid for the full text), will be published in the journal Food Quality and Preference this June. I was intrigued by this nugget from the Abstract:
In men, Sensitivity to Reward [as measured by a psychological assay –DCF] associated more strongly with liking and consumption of spicy foods, while in women, Sensation Seeking [likewise] associated more strongly with liking and intake of spicy foods. These differences suggest that in men and women, there may be divergent mechanisms leading to the intake of spicy foods; specifically, men may respond more to extrinsic factors, while women may respond more to intrinsic factors.
I’m assuming he still doesn’t mind, even 18 years later.
via The Mary Sue