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April 8 - April 8 2009 Trait effects Things about ourselves...

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April 8, 2009 Trait effects Things about ourselves or others that lead to increases in interpersonal attractions. Physical appearance, especially for first impressions, is important. Attractive people get the benefit of the doubt. Research.. university of … what? Sent surveys to freshman etc…Had a computer dance that matched you up with people, had to commitment first hour with date. You had to check in with the person you were assigned to be in… research people rated you attractiveness… then after first hour they stopped the dance and had them fill a survey.. wanted to see if ‘similarity’ as judged by the survey results and computer. Instead they found only physical attractiveness was a good predictor of who would want to stay together for the next hour of dance. Diary record study: Everytime you had an interaction of 10 minutes or more you would have to fill out a BLAHBLAHBLAH with Trait approaches Physical appearance Computer dance Halo effect- physically attractive people are assumed to have other positive features and traits. It’s a general schema around other physically attractive people. Diary record study- in terms of opposite sex interactions, attractiveness was directly related to how satisfied you were with your person. Men tended to initiate the reactions. Less attractive females almost had the same quality of interaction because they were more social and initiated interactions. Little kids (mom, persuasion techniques) – study with mom and rating of the their new baby. All moms says they loved babies, but attractive babies got more attention and time from mommas!! Eating crackers things… attractive girls only had to ask people to eat it, attractive boys only had to ask, ugly girls needed to give a reason, ugly boys had to threaten people. MISSED THIS PART DAWG Matching hypothesis - we tend to end up with people similarly as hot as we are in terms of mate. WHY? We know our value in appearance. Violations to this hypothesis are usually: older rich man, hot young sexy lady. One theory is that we know our level and seek out our matching hypothesis person. You don’t want the stress of keeping someone hotter than you. Another hypothesis is you pair of with people on your level..?
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