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PY102-02 Research Participation Credit Journal Article Summary Michelle Shiota and Robert Levenson published the results of their research study in Psychology and Aging. In their study, titled: “Birds of a Feather Don’t Always Fly Farthest: Similarity in Big Five Personality Predicts More Negative Marital Satisfaction Trajectories in Long-Term Marriages”, Shiota and Levenson took as second look at the dogma “Birds of a feather flock together.” By surveying married couples in their 40s as well as couples in their 60s, they desired to assess whether similarities in the Big Five: extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness correlated to marital satisfaction not only in the present but also in the trajectories of a twelve year span. Shiota and Levenson chose to look at couples in their 40s and 60s in order to evaluate marriages long-term in versus the many studies done involving dating and newly married couples. They were ultimately testing the
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