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Those 'highly skilled in seduction' encouraged their dates to talk about themselves in an unusual, quirky, way.

Preliminary results from the first large-scale speed dating experiment have shown that women make up their minds about potential partners much faster than men, and revealed the best type of chat-up lines.The study, conducted on Sunday 9th April 2006 by Professor Richard Wiseman (University of Hertfordshire) at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, involved 100 members of the public taking part in five-hundred 'speed dates'."Whenever our couples spoke about films they really increased their chance of disagreement", commented Wiseman."In contrast, conversations about travel tend to revolve around great holidays and dream destinations, and that makes people feel good and so appear more attractive to one another".To identify the best topic of conversation for those in search of their perfect partner, participants were also asked to chat about different topics during the event.

When talking about movies, less than 9% of the pairs wanted to meet up again, compared to 18% when participants spoke about the top topic - travel.

Perhaps surprisingly, women proved especially likely to make such snap decisions, with 45% of women's decisions being made under thirty seconds, compared to just 22% of men's decisions.

"Men are often accused of being shallow and judging women very quickly - however, this evidence suggests that women may make up their minds much quicker than men", commented Wiseman.

(With grateful acknowledgements to Professor R Wiseman.) Professor Richard Wiseman (University of Hertfordshire) has published over forty academic papers into unusual areas of psychology, including deception, luck and the paranormal.

Wiseman frequently appears on the media and has written The Luck Factor - a best selling book exploring the lives and minds of lucky and unlucky people. The study was run in collaboration with Dr James Houran, an American expert on the psychology of compatibility with Online Dating Magazine. The significance - particularly men's fascination and search for the killer chat-up line - is underpinned by some serious behavioural reasons.

During the event, participants rated the attractiveness of their dates and indicated whether they would like to meet that person again.