MONTREAL - Montreal researchers say the sight of cooked red meat on the dinner table appears to calm men down and makes them less aggressive.

Frank Kachanoff of McGill University's psychology department says he was surprised at the finding, which was presented at a recent science symposium at the university.

He says he thought the sight of meat would make people more aggressive that would have helped our ancestors protect their meat resources.

Kachanoff recruited 82 men who believed they could punish an aide reading a script with various volumes of sound every time he made an error while they sorted photos _ some with pictures of meat, and others with neutral images.

The researchers initially believed the men would inflict more discomfort on the script reader while they sorted photos of cooked red meat, but that didn't turn out to be the case.

Kachanoff says in hindsight, it makes sense that our ancestors would be calm at the sight of meat that is ready to eat as they would be surrounded by their loved ones at meal time.