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MORE: Online Dating Gets a Little Less Virtual During the speed dating event, the students were allowed to mingle and chat with one another for no longer than five minutes each.

While us Irish do love filling our stereotype, this one truly kicks us right in the kisser. We get so excited at the prospect of finding a mate, that we down absolutely everything in sight. Feelings in Irish society are deemed as pretentious as notions and as alien as self-esteem. Whereas the rest of the world can bask in their black-and-white decision making glory, God bless us, we're a little on the grey side.

They asked 39 of the participants to have their brains scanned with a functional MRI (f MRI) prior to the event while the students looked at pictures of their potential suitors.

The participants were asked to rate the pictured individuals on a scale of one to four on whether they would be interested in pursuing dates with them.

So while we don’t exactly judge people on their appearance, how people look is the first cue that we grab on to in order to start building an impression, at least when it comes to finding dates.

“Judgments about romantic relationships thus seem to be formed within seconds of seeing a potential partner, but also depend on a complex mix of evaluations about physical and psychological compatibility,” write the authors.

Not surprisingly, the students were pretty adept at knowing which people they would be interested in pursuing just by looking at their picture.

But when the researchers matched up the brain scans with the real-life dating decisions, they found that a certain region of the prefrontal cortex was almost always activated when participants had an immediate attraction to a person.

The students also rated each of the pictured individuals on attractiveness and likeability.