''Movies and television shows are full of scenes where a man tries unsuccessfully to interact with a pretty woman. In many cases, the potential suitor ends up acting foolishly despite his best attempts to impress. It seems like his brain isn’t working quite properly and according to new findings, it may not be. Researchers have begun to explore the cognitive impairment that men experience before and after interacting with women. A 2009 study demonstrated that after a short interaction with an attractive woman, men experienced a decline in mental performance. A more recent study suggests that this cognitive impairment takes hold even when men simply anticipate interacting with a woman who they know very little about.'' http://www.scientificamerican.com/a...n-cognitively-impaired&WT.mc_id=SA_syn_HuffPo Perhaps it will help some guys to know that any nerves you feel about talking to a girl really are just in your head. You may be thinking she won't like you for this or that reason, but really you're just psyching yourself out. Go for it confidently and see what happens, odds are you're just nervous for no good reason. Incidentally, this might be a cue for particularly nervous guys to have some ''canned openers'' ready at any moment, so that at the very beginning of a conversation you don't actually have to think. Though this is also probably a reason that so many women list ''confidence'' as one of the traits they find most attractive, since it seems men are hardwired to not even be able to talk normally around most women. A man who acts like its no big deal to talk to a chick (it isn't) seems super suave in comparison to stammering nervous guys.