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12 November 2008

Keep your eyes peeled on your partner in a first date in order to ensure there is a second one, according to an expert.

Body language guru Judi James said eye contact is extremely important when a prospective couple meet for the first time because it allows them to be able to read each other.

Ms James, who hosts Naked Celebrity a body language series on Channel 5 said people can get feedback from their date just by looking into their eyes.

As the saying goes, the eyes are the window to the soul and would-be love birds should look out for the opportunity to read their date's thoughts.

Ms James said: "You need to be prepared to read the other person and we do this automatically as most first dates are done at a small table in a restaurant.

"The other thing we need to be aware of is that they are reading us also they will be looking particularly at the eyes, which is why you see couples doing so much eye to eye gazing."

Women prefer macho men at certain times of the month

Women's brains respond differently to macho faces at certain times of the month, new research reveals.

A scientific study was carried out which found that women's preferences for the more masculine men change throughout their menstrual cycle.

Researchers at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute tried to identify the different regions of the brain which responded more strongly to masculine faces.

It found that the differentiation between masculinised and feminised faces was at its strongest when a woman was ovulating.

Published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, the study seems to shed some light on reasons for women's mate preferences.

The study found that the "anterior cingulated cortex", which is involved in the decision-making and risk assessment processes of the brain was the area that responded the most to masculinised versus feminised