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11 June 2008

Men and women really do go for brains over beauty when it comes to finding a mate, according to a relationship expert.

A survey of 1,000 singletons carried out recently found that good communication skills was of prime importance.

Some 88 per cent of respondents said it was a top priority, while sense of humour was second on the list with 79 per cent.

Ability to compromise and intelligence were also found to be boxes that need to be ticked in the dating game.

These qualities rated highly when compared with physical attributes such as a well-toned physique which got 17 per cent of the vote, while a handsome or pretty face got 46 per cent in the Parship survey.

Psychiatrist Dr Victoria Lukats said: "When it comes to romance, chemistry is not just about looks it has a lot to do with personality, sense of humour, interests and values.

"And in most cases, it's similar personality types that attract rather than opposites. We're often led to believe that image is somehow the key to relationship success but many singles would be better advised to improve their communication skills, develop interesting topics of conversation and learn how to have more fun."