Bust size and hitchhiking: a field study

Percept Mot Skills. 2007 Dec;105(3 Pt 2):1294-8. doi: 10.2466/pms.105.4.1294-1298.


To test the effect of a woman's bust size on the rate of help offered, 1200 male and female French motorists were tested in a hitchhiking situation. A 20-yr.-old female confederate wore a bra which permitted variation in the size of cup to vary her breast size. She stood by the side of a road frequented by hitchhikers and held out her thumb to catch a ride. Increasing the bra-size of the female-hitchhiker was significantly associated with an increase in number of male drivers, but not female drivers, who stopped to offer a ride.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Automobile Driving / psychology*
  • Automobile Driving / statistics & numerical data
  • Breast / anatomy & histology*
  • Clothing / statistics & numerical data
  • Esthetics*
  • Female
  • Helping Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sex Factors
  • Travel / psychology*